David Zaslav opens up about deal with JK Rowling for more ‘Harry Potter’ content

David Zaslav, CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, mentioned the possibility of doing “something” with controversial “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling on another title in the Wizarding World franchise “Going Forward” during the company’s third-quarter earnings call on Thursday.

This observation was made as part of a lengthy statement about the importance of franchises such as the DC films “Superman,” “Batman,” and “Aquaman,” as well as “Lord of the Rings,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Sex and the City Content.” During this answer, the WBD CEO mentioned his interest in “if we can do something with JK in ‘Harry Potter’ going forward.”

Zaslav said in response to a question from a media analyst about how “different” content would be under Warner Bros. Discovery in the WarnerMedia era of AT&T-run and earlier: “We’re going to have a real focus on perks.” “We haven’t had a ‘Superman’ movie in 13 years. We haven’t done a ‘Harry Potter’ movie in 15. The DC movies and the ‘Harry Potter’ movies have made a lot of Warner Bros. Motion Pictures’ earnings over the past 25 years. So the focus is on Franchise – one of the big advantages we have, “House of the Dragon” is an example, “Game of Thrones”, and the benefit of “Sex and the City”, Lord of the Rings, we still have the right to make Lord of the films Rings. What movies have brands that are understood and loved everywhere in the world?”

Zaslav continued, “Outside the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia have 40% of the theaters we have here in the US, and there’s local content. And so when you have a movie franchise, you can often earn two to three times as much as you make in the States.” united, because you get a slot. And focus on the big, beloved, prop-supported movies that people will be leaving early from dinner to go watch – and we’ve got plenty of them. Batman, Superman, Aquaman, if we could do something with JK in ‘Harry Potter’ going forward. ‘Lord of the Rings, what do we do with ‘Game of Thrones’? What do we do with a lot of the big franchises that we have? We focus on the franchises.'”

Rowling first ignited controversy in June 2020 when she posted a series of comments on Twitter arguing that discussing gender identity negates biological sex. “If sex is not real,” the author wrote, “there is no same-sex attraction.” “If sex is not real, the reality that women experience globally is erased.” The author continued to multiply this position in the ensuing years.

Earlier this year, Rowling feuded online with Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, over the country’s gender recognition reform bill, which aims to simplify the means by which a transgender person can legally change their gender through Obtaining a gender recognition certificate. The certificate allows a trans person to obtain a new birth certificate with their correct gender.

Many representatives of “Harry Potter” openly opposed Rowling. Emma Watson responded to the author’s initial anti-trans comments by writing on Twitter, “I want my trans followers to know that I and many other people around the world see you, respect you, and love you for who you are.” Daniel Radcliffe published an open letter declaring, “Transgender women are women.” Radcliffe said recently that speaking out against Rowling in 2020 was important.

There are currently no active discussions with Rowling about developing another “Harry Potter” movie, according to a source in the studio.

There is currently nothing in the “Magic World” in active development at Warner Bros. , including the “Harry Potter” franchise and “Fantastic Beasts” IP.

The most recent content released was based on the Rowling IP from Warner Bros. It is the third “Fantastic Beasts” movie, “The Secrets of Dumbledore”, coming out in July. This was preceded by a “Back to Hogwarts” special “Harry Potter,” which launched on HBO Max last December. Warner Bros. did not produce. The movie “Harry Potter” since the end of the original series with the movie “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2” in 2011.

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