Warner Bros. Discovery is in talks to produce a television series based on J.K. Rowling’s best-selling Harry Potter book series, according to Bloomberg. While the talks are preliminary, sources suggest that Rowling would have some degree of creative involvement but would not serve as a primary creator or showrunner.
The project is expected to be an ongoing franchise, with each season drawing from one of the books, and would be housed under Warner Bros. Discovery’s streaming platform, HBO Max.
The news of the developing deal comes ahead of Warner Bros. Discovery’s April 12 presentation for investors and the general public, where the company will preview the integration of HBO Max and Discovery+ and the upcoming slate of streaming content.
Warner Bros. had previously adapted each book in Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series into a blockbuster feature, generating over $7.7 billion at the global box office.
AI Deepfake Video of Harry Potter Characters in Balenciaga Fashion Show Goes Viral
Meanwhile, an AI-generated deep fake video featuring characters from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series in high fashion has taken the internet by storm.
A YouTuber named Demonflyingfox used generative AI programs to create a Balenciaga ad, reimagining characters from the beloved series with voices, expressions, and fashion-forward clothing.
The videos have garnered over 4 million views and caught the attention of Twitter CEO Elon Musk, who praised the videos with multiple fire emojis.
While some have responded with shock at the level of AI technology on display, Demonflyingfox has expressed a passion for combining unexpected combinations of popular media.
Demonflyingfox has previously created realistic and uncanny adaptations of characters from politics, pop culture, and major religions, with over 12 million views on their YouTube channel.
The Harry Potter Balenciaga videos feature AI-driven imagery, animation, and audio, with some lines from Rowling’s original books parodied in the videos.