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Harry Potter And The Cursed Child was written as a stage show and it was promised it would always stay that way, the book that was released soon after the West End production opened was in play form not novel, but the signage for the play has just recently been changed to reflect that of the movies so does this mean that a movie version is in the works?
The original sign was not unique and in many ways reflected that of the original publications in the UK, whereas the logo used on the movies was closer to that of the original US version, and the new logo was presented on Broadway first in a full Time Square takeover and on Back To Hogwarts Day.
The change has had a lot of fans angry about this claiming that the story is seperated from the Harry Potter cannon and this marks that seperation, but why would there be this change?
The obvious conclusion is that there is a movie version on the way, Warner Bros. owns the movie rights to the series and have been a partner to Harry Potter Theatre which produces the stage show.
The rumours have been denied by everyone including J.K. Rowling who posted some cryptic tweets, but are they just not telling the absolute truth because it's not time to announce it yet?
For Warner Brox. who have made Billions of dollars from the series want that money to keep rolling in, The Fantastic Beasts series had a promising start but last year Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald didn't do as well as they would have liked.
The theme park area at Universal Studios are doing well, and are keeping the franchise alive, but there needs to be a new movie for Warner Bros. that fans can sink their teeth into.
Rowling could write a whole new set of Harry Potter centric stories especially for the screen, but she will need to please the fans, and she has always stated after the books she wont revisit Harry Potter and his world again.
She keeps tight control over everything Harry Potter, but she could commission a new writer/screenplay write to come up with some new stories, The Cursed Child was written by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany with Rowling only providing the story, so this is ground she has been down before.
As much as this is something which may be explored in the future, why bother when you have a tried and tested story already there and waiting for a screen version to be produced, its Harry Potter, its already written and it would most likely take over a Billion dollars at the box office.
Also it would bring the story to the fans who either dont go to the theatre, it is a niche past time which although having the boy who lived as brought more more bums on seats to theatre in the same way the books got people reading again you are still making inaccessible to some.
I am going to stick my neck out and say there will be a movie version of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child in the long run, there is just too much of a money making opportunity there for Warner Bros., and as the film is already in 2 parts I am sure it can be dragged out to a trilogy, a 3 Billion plus grossing trilogy.
We're all waiting for Star Wars Episode IX like its the end of the world and today marks a step closer as JJ Abrams the directer of said film Tweets that they have finished filming.
There is now 10 months to edit the film, add the special effects, do any reshoots and get the film ready for its December 20th release date.
In the mean time there is the movie poster to see, a title to announce and of course the trailer to finish and release which we should see during Star Wars Celebration in April.
In the mean tile check out the tweet below.
It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all. pic.twitter.com/138AprtFuZ— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) February 15, 2019
Aquaman gets a release in China this week an manages to top the global box office with its debut from that single terretory leaving a fairly predictable rest of the chart.
China gets the next superhero movie before the rest of the world and from this single terretory beats all other film with ease.
A China (and global) debut of $91 million gives the film a global gross of $93.6 million including previews, the film releases in many more territories this coming weekend.
The Dr. Suess adaptation goes back to number 2 as we get closer to Christmas as the animation takes $41 million from 63 countries for a total gross of $322 million.
Still bringing in the audience at 3 is the Bryan Singer directed movie takes $35.2 million from 73 countries to push its total gross to an incredible $596.5 million.
The film is now Bryan Singers top grossing film in the UK and second top grossing film globally beating out nearly all the X-Men movies.
Still doing well but loosing steam the Disney film drops to number 4 this week with a global gross of $34 million from 31 countries, total global gross is now $258 million.
The JK Rowling penned film drops to number 5 this week with $28 million from a massive 81 countries to boost its total gross to a respectable $568.5 million.
Fast and Furious 8 stays at the top of the global box office for a second weekend as it edges closer to the billion dollar mark while the top new film is Unforgettable at number 7.
By next weekend the 8th in the Fast series will have joined number 7 and grossed over a billion while this week the film took $202 million at the global box office from 66 countries.
The films lead country is China where Fast 8 is now the second highest grossing American movie ever after Fast 7, the films total gross now sits at $908 million after 10 days of release .
The Boss Baby is still at number 2 this weekend with $42 million from 79 countries while Beauty and the Beast is still pulling in the punters after 6 weeks and this week pushes its total global gross to $1.1 billion with a $32 million weekend from 51 countries.
The highest new global film this week is Unforgettable which enters at number 7 with $6.5 million from its 17 countries.
A new Indiana Jones film is on its way for release in 2019 an announcement from Disney confirms.
Naturally it will be directed by Steven Spielberg and star Harrison Ford, it would not be an Indy movie if not.
Other cast members have yet to be announced, Shia LaBeouf starred in the last film, Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as Indy's kid, but the actor has gone off the rails of late.
Karen Allen was also in the last movie which saw her character and Indy get married so there is room for her to appear as well.
The last film, despite being not that bad, was received with unfavourable reviews and split opinion between fans, but Disney reunited Star Wars fans with The Force Awakens so they could do the same here.
2019 is a ways away yet so expect more details to dribble out between now and closer to the time.