Tensions between Japan and South Korea come as the U.S. and its trading partners are embroiled in a global trade war.Technologyread more
The one-to-eight stock split would mean the current number of ordinary shares — which stands at 4 billion — will increase to 32 billion. It comes ahead of a reported Hong Kong...Asia Marketsread more
Minutes from the Reserve Bank of Australia's monetary policy meeting in July showed the central bank was ready to adjust interest rates if required.Asia Marketsread more
Current and former Tesla employees working in the company's open-air "tent" factory say they felt pressure to take shortcuts to hit aggressive Model 3 production goals,...Technologyread more
China's fiscal spending increased 10.7% in the first six months from a year earlier, the finance ministry said on Tuesday, underlining the government's bid to support the...China Economyread more
The findings by McKinsey and Company come amid a year-long tariff fight between the U.S. and China, which has spilled into areas such as technology and security.China Economyread more
Microsoft's considerable reach into the corporate world isn't something Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield is very concerned about.Technologyread more
Von der Leyen, one of the longest serving ministers in Germany, has tried to woo European lawmakers over the last two weeks.Europe Newsread more
A devastating outbreak of African swine fever that has killed millions of pigs in China is changing attitudes in a country where farm hygiene has often been seen as lax by...Livestockread more
In a closed-door meeting at a Manhattan mansion, executives outlined changes to controversial software that was implicated in two crashes.Aerospace & Defenseread more
President Donald Trump and the RNC are picking up key supporters in the business community who did not back him as a candidate in 2016.2020 Electionsread more
The Harry Potter film series might be long over, but recent trademark filings from Warner Brothers shows that the film company could be planning for the franchise beyond the upcoming Fantastic Beasts trilogy, with the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
The story of Harry Potter is coming back this summer, in the form of a play opening this month in London's West End. Billed as the eighth installment of the saga, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child picks up the protagonist's story 19 years later. A two-volume edition of the script will be hitting bookstores on July 31st.
While there's been considerable speculation that the production would also be filmed, Harry Potter's creator, J.K. Rowling, ruled that out earlier this year.
This is interesting, because Warner Bros. just filed for a new trademark for The Cursed Child — a Class 9, which is specifically for motion pictures. Warner Bros. is, after all, the company responsible for bringing Harry Potter to the cinematic world, and is heading up its continuation with the Fantastic Beasts film trilogy, the first of which is set to arrive in theaters on November 18th.
Rowling only confirmed that The Cursed Child was a play, but didn't actually rule out the possibility that it would be adapted down the road. With Fantastic Beasts, Warner Bros. has made clear that it's not giving up on the Harry Potter franchise, whose films have collectively grossed over $7.7 billion worldwide, outstripping the James Bond and Star Wars franchises.
Additionally, Daniel Radcliffe has recently said that he was willing to reprise the character that made him an internationally known actor. It's conceivable that Warner Bros. could be eyeing a new phase of the franchise following the end of Fantastic Beasts. The trilogy is set to run through 2020, a full nine years after the last Harry Potter film, The Deathly Hallows Part 2, hit theaters. That would certainly give Radcliffe (and his fellow actors) the time to expand their careers a bit more and age into their characters better than at the end of Deathly Hallows.
Last year, Rowling filed for additional trademarks for The Cursed Child for a variety of things, ranging from leather to paper products, which could be some sort of tie-in merchandise for the play. This latest filing from Warner Bros. suggests that the film company is covering the option for the next phase of the franchise, without committing before we see if Fantastic Beasts is a success or not.
Rowling has demonstrated that she's focused on the business end of the Harry Potter world, keeping the franchise alive long after the original books ended. While this trademark filing certainly isn't proof that that we're getting a film, it certainly makes it look like Warner Bros. is thinking carefully about it.