J.K. Rowling signs new studio deals
by FFE Entertainment News staff
J.K. Rowling, the author of the popular Harry Potter series, has just concluded a new deal with major American film studio Warner Bros. on Thursday. The deal includes new movies, distribution rights for a television mini-series and new theme park attractions.
Rowling will become a screenwriter for the first time under the agreement as she creates an adaptation of her Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a book that will extend the wizardry world. The film is planned to be the first of a series of movies under the deal.
For television, the deal will make Warner the global distributor for a BBC mini-series based on The Casual Vacancy which is slated for production next year.
New attractions and initiatives revolving Harry Potter will also be planned for Universal Studios theme parks.
The deal with Rowling is a significant step for Kevin Tsujihara, Warner’s new chief, after competitions over the post vacated by Barry Meyer. The Harry Potter films have brought huge success for the company – the final film drew in more than 1.3 billion US dollars.
Talking about the film based on Fantastic Beasts, Rowling said “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.” She clarified that the film was neither a prequel nor sequel to the Potter series.
The author broadened her writing since finishing the last Potter book in 2007. Her 2012 publication The Casual Vacancy tackled drug addiction and domestic abuse. She surprised the publishing world when she revealed she was the author of The Cuckoo’s Calling, a crime fiction which she wrote under the pseudonym Robert Galbreath.