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Rumor Alert: WB Planning a "Beedle the Bard" Movie ?

Posted by: sue
December 08, 2008, 01:54 PM

Well, this didn't take long: the first rumors of a Tales of Beedle the Bard movie have hit the net. Just mere days after the release of the new book from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, CinemaBlend is reporting  that Warner Brothers has "a strong interest" in making Beedle the Bard, the Movie once the Deathly Hallows films are done. The report says that :

Knowing that the magical gravy train is coming to an end, the WB is looking for ways to squeeze more out of Potter. According to one of our regular, reliable sources, they’re hoping to do it by digging deep into other J.K. Rowling work; specifically “The Tales of Beedle The Bard”.

The article then says that WB is grappling with how to include all five tales in the book, but notes that
"these are short stories after all, it’s unlikely there’s enough material in any one story to justify a feature film. According to our sources, Warners is still trying to figure out exactly how to make this work."

Please keep this very much in the rumor category, until official confirmation is released.

Thanks Paul and Cian for emailing.

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Woah! It wouldn’t surprise me … and really, I wouldn’t complain either. lol

Posted by Joan on December 08, 2008, 01:59 PM report to moderator

I’m going to say No, i don’t think that it’s a good idea! But You the WB and their passion for money! Money is the WB’s weakness and anything that has the name Harry Potter will bring in money!

Posted by kitkat on December 08, 2008, 02:02 PM report to moderator

I haven’t get the book yet but is about 100 pages deff not enought material for Movie, unless JO. help them out. since i love anything to do with HP I wouldn’t complain either. lol

Posted by Picazo on December 08, 2008, 02:09 PM report to moderator

5 short films with Michael Gambon’s overdubbed voice and maybe a surprise visit from Hermoine ?!?!!

wait….add nuts and you have the perfect cheeseball.

Posted by splinched on December 08, 2008, 02:15 PM report to moderator

The only way I could see this working is as a cartoon that is direct to video. I don’t believe this could survive a theatrical release.

Posted by Matt on December 08, 2008, 02:15 PM report to moderator

“Money is WB’s weakness . . . " — kitkat

WB is a BUSINESS. Hopefully a business makes money or it disappears. I would be chuffed if BTB became a film. Very cool idea — maybe animated! Ooh, the possibilities!

Posted by Hagiographer13 on December 08, 2008, 02:16 PM report to moderator

bring it on, I’m addicted.

Posted by abandonedboyjon on December 08, 2008, 02:25 PM report to moderator

hagio, yes WB is a business, but when it comes to cultural things like art and literature, a custodial approach is best. when companies truly own our culture, it is a sad state, and not to be taken lightly.

Posted by splinched on December 08, 2008, 02:27 PM report to moderator

Sort of sounds like a rumor, but Id be happy if it were true.

Posted by Katie on December 08, 2008, 02:27 PM report to moderator

I don’t know… Did any of you ever see the old Jim Henson “Storyteller” series? Phenomenal. If they did it something like that, like someone telling a series of fairy tales, I think it could be pretty good.

Posted by LauraH on December 08, 2008, 02:29 PM report to moderator

And if they do it, they should have it produced/directed by Tim Burton. I always thought he would have done well with HP films.

Posted by Katie on December 08, 2008, 02:29 PM report to moderator

Awww! No fair! I want a magical gravy train!

Posted by pottervfd on December 08, 2008, 02:53 PM report to moderator


Please no. One of the things I believe that makes Harry Potter so unique is that we’ve always known it would be 7. SEVEN! WB has allready changed that perhaps. But still I dislike the idea because there is a limit to everything. If Warner Brothers is wise, it will search for other sources of income. NOT Harry Potter. It’s end has come, and I’m sure there are thousands of other books wich can be translated to screen!

Posted by Peter on December 08, 2008, 02:54 PM report to moderator
Professor Potter

Absolutely, LauraH. But there’s an awesome connection here. The first season was told by Ollivander (John Hurt) and the second season which consisted of Greek mythology tales was narrated by Dumbledore (Michael Gambon)!!! it would be awesome if John Hurt returned to tell the Tales of Beedle the Bard with those incredible creatures from the Jim Henson Workshop. As for a movie, I cant really see it working but you never know, WB has recently been working wonders with big franchises, such as Dark Knight and HP.

Posted by Professor Potter on December 08, 2008, 02:59 PM report to moderator

i’d be much more interested in the tales of young dumbledore! or the marauders!

seems everyone’s opposed to more films, but if jo would create stories for them i can’t get enough! there are a lot of other great films on the drawing board because of the success of HP and i don’t think making more HP movies would take opportunities away from other stories!

Posted by glitterbomb on December 08, 2008, 03:02 PM report to moderator
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