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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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This was a rather obvious suggestion – I was wondering the same thing before this rumour appeared, but the big question is how they could get it to work as a film. For example, do they include Dumbledore’s commentary – some bits could work such as the pantomime, but I can see them having trouble making some of the other background stuff into a viable film script. There is also the question of whether they dare put the Warlock’s Hairy Heart into a family oriented movie without significant changes. It might also be difficult to tie the stories together (though it could be something like Hermione reading bedtime stories to Rose and Hugo perhaps switching into dramatized versions).

Posted by roonwit on December 08, 2008, 03:10 PM report to moderator

This seems like it would be far too easy to screw up.

Posted by Amy on December 08, 2008, 03:12 PM report to moderator

@abandonedboyjon: i am SO addicted, i even turned harry into a lion xD

Posted by Saturn on December 08, 2008, 03:13 PM report to moderator

I must say i can not complain, but itll probably not happen. i mean, its not a real storyline kinda thing going on. i agree with glitterbomb about the tales of young dumbledore, or the marauders (expecially) since they barley had that in the movies.

Posted by Brianna on December 08, 2008, 03:23 PM report to moderator

Maybe it could be a story of Beadle? Coming across real-life inspiration for the stories…could tie in some of the witch-hunting history of the time… Kind of like “The Brothers Grimm” movie.

The only problem is that I could see this being a phenomenal movie for older teens/adults, and not so much for kids…

Posted by Larissa on December 08, 2008, 03:29 PM report to moderator
Calum  Wilson

Oh god no. Not a movie for BTB. Maybe a program or a cartoon on the net or tele but not a movie. It would be a rip-off.

Posted by Calum Wilson on December 08, 2008, 03:45 PM report to moderator

@katie… yes!! tim burton would make the perfect director!
and larissa… took the words right from mouth! i pictured a magical, dark version of the brothers grimm. and of course, with tim burton, this means we will have helena boham carter in it, right?? i don’t know how this movie would work overall, but it would be great if they could recast some actors and actresses from the potter films to play the roles of these characters!

Posted by T-Vey on December 08, 2008, 03:53 PM report to moderator

It would be briliant if this were true, and it would bea really refreshing movie I think but i don’t think it’s true. I think it’s a untrue rumour.

Posted by peter on December 08, 2008, 03:55 PM report to moderator

DIAF WB. Pah :/

Posted by Rosianna on December 08, 2008, 04:00 PM report to moderator

I have mixed feelings about this. I like it, yes, and I’ll be happy if they make a movie into it .. but how they are going to do it makes me wonder. Dumbledore’s commentary in it would be great in my opinion. But these stories are so short, how are they going to make a movie out of them? Unless Jo helped them out or something. I personally would rather have a movie about James & Sirius. (Remember that card that Jo wrote the prequel on?)

Posted by Christine on December 08, 2008, 04:01 PM report to moderator

I don’t think this would be a good idea, what would be good (in my opinion anyway) would be if WB put a little more effort in “The Tale of The Three Brothers”. Perhaps filming it, instead of having it told – or just taking their time doing it right.
They have, after all, two movies to use. Squish it in, or make them “LOTR”-lengthy.

Posted by Ben on December 08, 2008, 04:02 PM report to moderator

As to whether this rumour is true, it is to my mind really a no-brainer for WB to assess the possibility of making this into a movie. Anything Jo writes has the potential to sell in a big way, even if this is rather different from the Harry Potter series and presumably would have to use different actors and actresses for the most part. I wonder if they ever considered QA or FB or even the 800 word prequel for films.

Posted by roonwit on December 08, 2008, 04:03 PM report to moderator

i knew they were gona do it

Posted by Chloe on December 08, 2008, 04:16 PM report to moderator
Calum  Wilson

Actually to be honest I didn’t expect it. Then again WB are full of surprises.

Posted by Calum Wilson on December 08, 2008, 04:19 PM report to moderator
Beth A

roonwit, you beat me to it! I was going to say that this would be cool if it was done as Hermione and Ron reading the stories to Hugo and Rose. it would only call for cameo’s by Emma and Rupert, who would begin or introduce the story to their kids, then fade to the story itself, whether animated or live-action. It could be cool.

Posted by Beth A on December 08, 2008, 04:21 PM report to moderator
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