EXCLUSIVE: Issues are heating up at Hogwarts.
The Harry Potter tv collection is nearer to naming its inventive chief as Deadline understands that the shortlist is now down to 3 names.
We hear that Succession author Francesca Gardiner is now among the many finalists to attain the job of adapting JK Rowling’s books for the Max streaming platform. It’s understood that Gardiner is now one among three writers at the moment being thought-about to steer Harry and his buddies on the small display screen.
A call is predicted quickly. Max and Warner Bros. Tv declined to remark.
Gardiner has emerged after Deadline revealed final month that there have been 4 different writers in competition: Martha Hillier, Kathleen Jordan, Tom Moran and Michael Lesslie. It’s not clear which of those writers are nonetheless concerned.
Gardiner was a consulting producer on Seasons 3 and 4 of HBO’s Succession. Earlier than engaged on the Jesse Armstrong creation, she was an exec producer of HBO and BBC fantasy co-production His Darkish Supplies and was a co-exec producer of AMC’s Killing Eve. She has additionally written on exhibits together with Starz’s The Rook and Amazon’s The Man In The Excessive Fortress.
This group of writers have been commissioned by Max to create pitches for a collection reflecting their tackle the IP. Deadline understands that there can also be a possibility for a couple of of those writers to be concerned, and that Max is open to the potential of growing a couple of thought based mostly on Harry Potter.
Rowling is known to be concerned on this pitching course of.
The Harry Potter collection shall be produced by Brontë Movie and TV, the manufacturing firm chaired by Rowling’s agent Neil Blair, and Warner Bros Tv. The pair will exec produce with Brontë CEO Ruth Kenley-Letts and David Heyman, who produced the flicks, was in talks to exec produce.
Rowling’s Wizarding World, spawned from her seven bestselling Harry Potter books at 600 million copies worldwide, spans retail shops, theme parks, a world stage play and a $7.7 billion global-grossing function franchise in addition to the $1.8 billion-grossing spinoff Implausible Beasts films.