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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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All I have to say is: NO! NO! NO! NO!

If they are that intent on doing movies based on books, have them call me and I’ll set them up with a nice list of books to looks through!

Much as I love the book, this is, I hope a hoax or someone at WB trying to keep a job!

Posted by Robert on December 09, 2008, 06:35 PM report to moderator

Unless the WB is willing to donate all proceeds to the Children’s High Level Group there would be something morally wrong with making a movie. Its like getting rich off of a charity project.

Posted by H on December 09, 2008, 07:39 PM report to moderator

I just don’t see it becoming a movie.. too short….. and I don;t think there would be enough people whoo aren’t harry potter fans to see the movie.

Posted by Tucker on December 09, 2008, 09:07 PM report to moderator

here’s how you do it… keep it low budget, get a different director for each of the 5 stories, keep out the harry potter references like the hermoine and dumbledore notes in the book, and just have 5 directors make short cheap films that together form a single package…. it has happened quite a few times with indy films… like Paris, je t’aime

then release the movie in an off month as a line-up filler, and focus most of the effort on the eventual dvd/blu-ray in which you could have dumbledore and/or hermoine in character commentary tracks… hell it could even be fun to do a trio commentary track with harry, hermoine, and ron.. all in character recording bits of commentary

the really cool thing is that there are allot of directors that like doing this kind of thing… it doesn’t require much of their time and it allows them to put their stamp on something different… and considering their have been allot of directors interested in working on the HP films this could be a chance for a few of them… maybe joss wheddon could do one, maybe cauron could return for one of them, maybe they could get jeunet to do one… the key would be to keep it low budget and loose…. if it’s too strict people wont want to be involved.. but if it’s a fun project allot of actors and directors would probably line up for the chance to be part of the HP universe without making a full commitment

Posted by themightyme on December 09, 2008, 09:42 PM report to moderator

I think it would make an interesting set of short films, like children’s cartoons kind of length, but you’d have trouble making it a feature film because it’s not one story. Would be interesting to see what they ended up looking like though.

I definately agree with the comment by glitterbomb though – I would love to see tales of the young dumbledore or the marauders or anything in the pre-HP sereis timeline. But I’d like to see that in story form (from JKR) first, then maybe movies second.

Posted by pixiel87 on December 09, 2008, 09:57 PM report to moderator

Taking a movie on(on Beedle) wouldn’t be a feasible idea…There won’t be any continuity…. They can either do a cartoon or a TV series on it…….

Posted by vandy on December 10, 2008, 06:52 AM report to moderator

I don’t know. An anthology movie like “The Twilight Zone” or “Creepshow” could work. It would give each tale the time it needed to be told (15 – 20 minutes each) along with some interlocking commentary from Dumbledore or maybe even Hermione. I think it could work like that.

Posted by Bruce on December 10, 2008, 10:43 AM report to moderator

OMJO OMJO OMJO OMJO!!!!!!! screams rgfijsdlrgjeorugeojga yes yes yes yes yes yes yes!!!!!!

Posted by ibelieveinnargles on December 10, 2008, 11:38 AM report to moderator

well, when you want to milk the concept till the last drop, it would work best if several characters would read a story to their children, meanin Harry and Ginny reading to James, Albus and Lilly, Hermione to Hugo and Rose, Draco to Scorpius, Neville and Luna to their children, five stories five sets of actors on reprise….. and we all wailing that the visualisation of the next generation is not as we imagined.

mmm. Hopping Pot …. Neville
Fountain……. Luna
Hairy Heart….Draco
the Stump….Hermione
Three Brothers…. Harry.

Posted by kamion on December 10, 2008, 12:50 PM report to moderator

i love the idea but maybe not a film
perhaps a 5 part tv series?
which are extras on the DH DVD?

Posted by HudMug1712 on December 10, 2008, 01:16 PM report to moderator

Please, no film of beetle the bard!! I know Wb is a business, but come on, that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard so far.

Posted by Vanessa on December 10, 2008, 02:07 PM report to moderator

I think it could be done really cute ala “The Princess bride” style where there is a story going on regarding the wizarding world and there is someone telling these stories to someone. Give someone who really wants to get their hands dirty with writing and actually manufacture a story around the telling of these tales… Just don’t market it as Harry Potter…

Posted by Amy on December 10, 2008, 03:57 PM report to moderator

No, I wouldn’t want them to make BtB into a movie. Leave it to the reader’s imagination, for once!

Posted by Libby on December 10, 2008, 08:36 PM report to moderator

I totally agree with you Libby! Honestly, leave it to the reader’s imagination. You don’t have to make a film out of every single book.

Posted by Vanessa on December 11, 2008, 03:08 AM report to moderator

It is kinda RIDICULOUS! How could it b a film wif only 5 different short stories?! However, I do hope they could make it work ^^

Posted by Lily on December 11, 2008, 10:48 AM report to moderator
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