UPDATED: Writers Begin Pitching Their “Harry Potter” TV Show Ideas
UPDATE (February 1):
Deadline reports that another writer, Francesca Gardiner, is now considered one of the top three contenders to helm the upcoming series. Her credits include Succession, His Dark Materials, Killing Eve, The Rook, and The Man in the High Castle. It is possible that more than one of the writers under consideration will ultimately be involved.
Channing Dungey, chair of Warner Bros. Television Group, confirmed to Variety that discussions with writers are underway. She added that casting will not begin until after a showrunner is confirmed, anticipating that selecting the child actors to start off the series at around 11 years old will be the most challenging.
The magic of the wizarding world is getting closer and closer to a return to our screens, with Deadline reporting that a group of selected writers has begun pitching for the rights to pen episodes of the upcoming Harry Potter TV series.
Several writers were commissioned to create pitches reflecting their ideas on turning the beloved books into a TV show. These pitches were presented for the first time this week in Los Angeles, and it is understood that the top choices will get a chance to pitch again in the UK soon. There’s also a suggestion that multiple ideas could be taken forward into the final show.
We don’t know how many writers were part of this group, or exactly who was asked, but we do know some of the names included at this pitching stage. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes writer Michael Lesslie and Teenage Bounty Hunters creator Kathleen Jordan have both been connected to the project, as have British writers Martha Hillier (The Last Kingdom) and Tom Moran (The Devil’s Hour).
This is the first major news on the TV show since it was announced last April, apart from confirmation that David Heyman would be involved in some way. The show is being produced for Max, a new streaming service from Warner Bros. Discovery that launched last May. It is understood that an entirely new cast will enter Hogwarts for the show and that the show will air over a decade.
There are rumors of a 2025 or 2026 premiere for the show, but we’re hoping that this big news means it could be coming sooner rather than later. Are you excited about this development?