One of the best aspects of Hollywood’s current craze with remakes, reboots, sequels, prequels, and other attempts to mine existing intellectual property rather than originate new stories, is the willingness of the original cast to return. We’ve seen it with Netflix’s Cobra Kai, we’ll be seeing more of that with the MCU’s and DCEU’s multiverse movies, and we may even see it with Harry Potter.
If the series’ original director has his way.
Christopher Columbus – no, not that one – directed the first two Harry Potter movies for Warner Bros, as well as Home Alone and a bunch of other blockbuster family flicks. He left the directing duties to a variety of others for the remainder of the series, but now he wants to return to the world of Potter to direct one more: The Cursed Child.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play written by Jack Thorne – from a story by original Potter mastermind JK Rowling and John Tiffany. It takes place 19 years after Harry and friends defeated Voldemort and the book series concluded, which is why Columbus thinks it’s time for a theatrical version.
“I would love to direct ‘The Cursed Child.’ It’s a great play and the kids are actually the right age to play those roles. It’s a small fantasy of mine,” Columbus told Variety in a piece about the movies’ 20th anniversary. The original trio of stars, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson are now all in their thirties, and wouldn’t require any aging-up effects (such as the ones used in the final film’s epilogue).
All three stars have moved on from the franchise that made them famous, and it’s unclear if they, or the studio, or anyone else, is actually interested in making The Cursed Child into a movie. Of course, the play won 6 Tony awards in 2018 and set the record for the highest all-time weekly ticket sales for a play.
So something tells me it will get made eventually, with or without Columbus and his original cast.