Good news for potterheads out there! At a conference held last Thursday (3), Warner Bros. CEO David Zaslav revealed that the studio intends to explore more of its successful franchises in the coming years, including Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.
He points out the fact that the studio hasn’t made a boy wizard film in 15 years.
“Let’s focus on franchises. We haven’t had a Superman movie in 13 years. We don’t make a movie Harry Potter 15 years ago. DC movies and movies from Harry Potter brought a lot of profits to Warner Bros. in the last 25 years. One of the great advantages we have, House of the Dragonis an example of this with game of Thrones. We still have the rights to make movies from the Lord of the Rings.”
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The executive also reinforced the importance of large franchises for the studio’s profit worldwide.
“When you have a franchise movie, you can often make two or three times as much money as you would in the US alone. And we have a lot of them: Batman, Superman, Aquaman, if we can do something with JK [Rowling] in Harry Potter going forward,” suggested Zaslav, referring to a new project with the British author.
“What are we doing with game of Thrones? What are we doing with a lot of the big franchises that we have? We are focused on franchises”, he concluded. It is important to note that nothing has been confirmed so far.
Controversies by the author of Harry Potter
The possible new partnership between the studio and the author of the Harry Potter is still uncertain, as she has been involved in numerous controversies in recent years.
That’s because JK Rowling was accused of transphobia – prejudice against transgender people – in several situations and even had her lines refuted by a large part of the cast. With the author’s increasingly constant speeches, many fans have stopped supporting her new productions.