Earlier this week, a rumor surfaced that Warner Bros. was trying to get a movie version of the new stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child off the ground, with the studio reportedly even reaching out to Daniel Radcliffe to return as Harry Potter himself. Those rumors were never confirmed by Warner Bros. or author J.K. Rowling, who co-wrote the play, but today we have word that the studio officially denied the rumor. Here's what a studio spokesperson had to say in a brief statement.
"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a stage play, with no plans for there to be a film."
This statement, which was sent to The Huffington Post, doesn't come as a huge surprise, since J.K. Rowling shot down rumors that a movie adaptation was in the works back in March. After all, the Harry Potter saga will continue on the big screen with Fantastic Beasts and Those Who Find Them, which is set 70 years before Harry Potter and his friends set foot in Hogwarts. That movie will set up a new trilogy, with the sequels set to hit theaters in 2018 and 2020 respectively.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set several years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, starring Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley as adult versions of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. Harry is now an "overworked employee" at the Ministry of Magic, along with a husband and father of three young children. His oldest son, Albus is grappling with his family's legacy, while Harry is still struggling with issues from his past.
Yesterday's rumor claimed that Warner Bros. was working on obtaining the movie rights while getting a "screenplay settled." J.K. Rowling co-wrote Harry Potter and the Cursed Child alongside Jack Thorne and the play's director, John Tiffany. J.K. Rowling herself hasn't commented on the rumor, but now that it is debunked, it seems unlikely that she'll respond to the rumor.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has already been confirmed to be the "end" of the Harry Potter story, but fans will still be able to explore this wizarding world. J.K. Rowling's Pottermore website announced that three new short story eBook collections will be unveiled on September 6. It seems that the Fantastic Beasts trilogy will be the only opportunity for fans to explore this world on the big screen.