Saturday, 21 December 2013
Harry Potter Prequel Stage Production Announced
Warner Brothers Pictures and J.K. Rowling have today announced the development of a stage show based on the Harry Potter novels and film franchise. Pitched as a prequel exploring Harry's early years before the events of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the production will début in the UK and no doubt will eventually make its way Stateside provided that it attains sizeable initial box office figures.
What with the recent announcement from Warner Brothers of a spin-off film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with other derived flicks such as Quidditch through the Ages allegedly in the works and an eighth Harry Potter novel apparently under wraps by Rowling, that yet another Potter instalment is in the works might come off as rather excessive franchise expansion to some fans. Indeed, the concept of a prologue to The Philosopher's Stone's narrative doesn't sound wholly thrilling at this early stage, although with the right commercial support, stars and helm (Rowling is co-writing the script as we speak), a magical experience of sorts can be conveyed to West End audiences. Of the play itself, the original Potter scribe had this to say: "This was the only [prequel] that really made sense to me, and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry's story to the stage. After a year in gestation, it is very exciting to see this project moving onto the next stage."
The Harry Potter stage production will première in an unannounced West End theatre venue in 2015.