Not only has she made headline news when her detective-thriller "The Cuckoo’s Calling" written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith came to be revealed as J. K. Rowling’s handiwork, the genius behind the Harry Potter books has now signed up with the big boys at Warner Bros. who made the movie version of the bestselling ‘Boy Who Lived’ series.
What Are Rowling And Warner Bros. Going To Do?
They have signed deals with her that will soon get fans screaming with joy. It’s been confirmed Rowling has signed up for new movies, distribution rights to a television mini-series and new theme park attractions in Warner Bros. very own Universal Studios, all to further fuel the explosive Harry Potter craze that still hasn’t died out, thank God.
One of the key points discussed during that deal-crafting session was Rowling putting on the shoes of a Hollywood screenwriter and penning a script especially for the silver screen based on her idea "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". She’s adapting her script from that concept present in the Harry Potter books but that she hadn’t really gotten down to expanding.
Seeing immense room for art, awesomeness and movie making history, Warner Bros. has made yet anotteleher ace entertainment decision. The rumors that Rowling had written the next Harry Potter novel (eeep! It’s exciting just saying that) narrows down to this deal, namely the script adapted from "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".
What’s "The Vacancy" Got To Do With It?
This is yet another sub-deal that took place on September 14, 2013. The Warner dudes are adapting Rowling’s first non-Potter book "The Vacancy" (this novel came before she wrote "The Cuckoo’s Calling" and almost hoodwinked us all that she was Galbraith). "The Vacancy" is an adult-oriented book, rather dark in plot, featuring drug addiction and domestic abuse, and some amazing writing too.
Rowling has charmed us all again. So keep your enchanted eyes peeled for a mini-series aimed at an adult audience, just like the book it’s adapted from. It’s coming out next year.
The Deal That Lived (!)
Kevin Tsujihara, who was recently named chief executive of Warner, sure has made one helluva cool executive decision in this regard. Ever since the first HP book ("Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone") was made into a movie the company has seen immense profits the likes of which can in themselves be called magical.
After a long gap and an empty executive seat since Barry Meyer left office Kevin was the guy who got the job and already his deal with Rowling has shown he be da man. It was actually the company that proposed the idea to adapt her "Fantastic Beasts" into a movie to thrill the souls of fans who were awaiting any such news for all these many months.
And it was shrewd Rowling, in classic Hermione Granger style (the infamous HP character she confirmed was based on herself), threw in a counter offer, that she be the screenwriter for this flick even though she has had no experiences in screenwriting before. An act of genius, Ms. Rowling, sheer magical thinking there, 100 points to Hogwarts (lol)! Or should I say 100,000 dollars!
Ms. Rowling is quoted as saying, "As I considered Warner’s proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Brothers."
To paraphrase something else she said, this movie based on her "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is not a prequel or a sequel to the Harry Potter books. It’s a standalone work that extends or expands the wizarding world she created in the HP books.
Conclusion?! No way, I’m so excited I don’t know if I’ll sleep tonight. I can’t wait to see this deal grow into reality and Rowling set the standard once more in the world of literature as well as in the hallowed movie-making realms of Hollywood.
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