During a recent investor meeting (according to The Hollywood Reporter), Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav made it very clear that he intends to continue making films based on some of the company’s most popular franchises. Obviously, that involved continuing their superhero-centric DC movies, but he also hinted at the possibility of doing more Harry Potter movies if he could make it.
“We’re going to focus on franchises,” Zaslav reportedly said. “We haven’t had a Superman movie in 13 years. We haven’t made a Harry Potter film in 15 years. The DC movies and the Harry Potter movies have provided Warner Bros. with a majority of its profits…for the last 25 years.” Zaslav again mentioned “Harry Potter” at the meeting and said he’d like to see if it’s in could do anything with JK Rowling and Harry Potter in the future.
Given the lack of financial success of the Fantastic Beasts films, this is a surprising move. This is particularly compounded by the endless controversy surrounding Rowling and her statements about transgender people (via Glamour), but from the sound of it, Zaslav wants to make a difference with the actual Harry Potter characters. Whether this can actually work is debatable, but if enough money is thrown around, it’s definitely not out of the realm of possibility. Anyhow, it seems like Warner Bros. Discovery is far from done with the Wizarding World franchise.