Saturday, December 21, 2013

'Harry Potter' Gearing Up to Hit the Stage

Bust out your wands, "Harry Potter" fans, because author J.K. Rowling is ready to take us back into the world of witchcraft and wizardry. Rowling recently took to her Facebook page and announced that she will be co-producing a play with Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender about "The Boy Who Lived" and his time before Hogwarts. According to the statement released on her Facebook:

What was it like to be the boy in the cupboard under the stairs? This brand new play, which will be developed for the UK theatre, will explore the previously untold story of Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast. Featuring some of our favourite characters from the Harry Potter books, this new work will offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard. A seemingly ordinary boy, but one for whom Destiny has plans...Over the years I have received countless approaches about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production, but Sonia and Colin’s vision was the only one that really made sense to me, and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry's story to the stage. After a year in gestation it is exciting to see this project moving on to the next phase. I’d like to thank Warner Bros. for their continuing support in this project.

Rowling will not be writing the script, unfortunately, though the team is looking for writers and directors to continue the beloved story of young Harry. The project is expected to move into development in 2014.

-Nowal Massari

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