Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. is close to a deal to produce a Harry Potter TV series.
According to Bloomberg, which first reported the news, each season of the series will be based on one of JK Rowling’s seven books.
Bloomberg reported that Warner Bros. Discovery chief executive officer David Zaslav, and HBO chief Casey Bloys have worked to convince Rowling to produce a new series, but the deal hasn’t been completed.
Warner Bros. previously turned each of the seven books into a hit movie, culminating in a two-part film based on the final instalment.
A series adaptation would allow Warner Bros. Discovery to explore Rowling’s books on screen in detail, and will potentially provide series content for years to come.
Under the deal, Rowling would maintain a degree of creative involvement with the series, though she would not serve as primary creator or showrunner.
News of the deal comes as Warner Bros. Discovery prepares to host an April 12 presentation for investors and the public. The company is planning to integrate HBO Max and Discovery+ and reveal more of its upcoming slate of streaming content.
Key to its strategy is offering films and TV shows based on stories and characters that viewers already know.