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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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Ravenclaw from Glenn

When PotterCast started talking about Beedle I thought to myself and even wrote in saying that it might be a subject for discussion on the podcast that a movie with five 20-25 minute shorts sort of like how they did “The Twilight Zone” movie. I would be interested in seeing how they would so some of the stories.

Posted by Ravenclaw from Glenn on December 08, 2008, 07:44 PM report to moderator

I knew it, they should also include the or a documentary of Jo’s life and the harry potter phenomenon

Posted by Spencer on December 08, 2008, 07:54 PM report to moderator

I don’t think so. No one would go, and it’d be too much milking. Nah. They’d be better off doing a Grimm fairy tale then.

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

The overall narrative bookmarking several short features has worked before. Specifically with the first Creepshow film. As well as Stephen King’s Cat’s eye (though I sometimes think I’m the only one who liked that movie)

It could work, they just have to admit they are going to make a long film, and figure out what age group they are shooting for.

Posted by Ilzairspar on December 08, 2008, 08:14 PM report to moderator

I think this film will probably be made; there is plenty of precedent. For instance, see “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm,” an Oscar-winning 1962 film which included dramatizations of just three of their very short stories. The main obstacle, I think, is that a great deal of scriptwriting would be necessary to fill out the action and dialogue, and there is no full-length book on which to base it. So, either Rowling would have to write additional material on which to base a screenplay, or she would have to consult extremely closely with the scriptwriting team. Otherwise, I can’t imagine that she would permit the project to go forward.

Posted by Fragesteller on December 08, 2008, 08:57 PM report to moderator

i just have one problem with them being made into a movie. the fact that the aura of the film would, undoubtly be “childish”, it would only solidify the fact in people minds who dont read harry potter, that the series is indeed “childish” and only for kids.

Posted by Patrick on December 08, 2008, 09:00 PM report to moderator

I think they should have it be Mrs. Weasley as the narrator and she’s reading it to the younge weasley children, including new born Ginny

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

Nicholas, the Mrs Wealey idea is FANTASTIC

Posted by Patrick on December 08, 2008, 09:03 PM report to moderator

It coulbe be like a mini-series or something, but definitely not a movie! they are way too short and they have Nothing to do with each other! Crazy talk… MAYBE a mini-series, but that’s as far as I would give the book-to-screen idea credit.

Posted by Nico on December 08, 2008, 09:18 PM report to moderator

They can go to hell.

They’ve already ruined the books, they can’t ruin everything in Harry Potter. They just can’t.

Posted by burningpumpkins on December 08, 2008, 10:21 PM report to moderator

I LOVE Kari’s idea of having Harry and Hermione and Ginny and Ron and such telling the stories to their kids! And really, I don’t see why people should be mad – stupid stuff that WB does does not harm Harry Potter’s or J.K. Rowling’s good name! I’d really just like to see how they’d pull it off. Besides, the stories are so quick, that we won’t have much to complain about in terms of characterization!

Posted by Zivlok on December 08, 2008, 10:30 PM report to moderator

“these are short stories after all, it’s unlikely there’s enough material in any one story to justify a feature film.”

I mean, it’s not like that’s ever stopped any movie company before. Polar Express, the Grinch, Horton Hears a Who, etc. were all really short, but somehow they managed it. (I sincerely hope WB doesn’t try with Beedle, though!)

Posted by horcrionebay on December 08, 2008, 10:32 PM report to moderator

If this is true (And I’m 95% sure that it isn’t), then WB is officially milking things for all it’s worth. If people thought that the theme park was selling out, image what they’ll say when they hear that they’re making a feature-length movie based off of a hundred page book that was written for charity. Not only would a Beedle the Bard movie be completely selling out, it would never EVER work.
Hey, if BtB has a movie based off of it, why not Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch Through the Ages? Heck, why not make one off of the mini-prequel that Jo wrote? Anything to make a buck.

Posted by Matt on December 08, 2008, 10:42 PM report to moderator

Can they please leave something untarnished by their greed? Can we please just not commercialize the fairy tales?

Posted by greenfire on December 08, 2008, 10:47 PM report to moderator

A little off point… I just got my collector’s edition Beedle and the Bard. Absolutely stunning. Worth every penny. Plus it goes to a good cause. It will be something to pass down to my children. I will treasure it always.

Posted by luciusgal on December 08, 2008, 11:26 PM report to moderator
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