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John Tiffany and Jack Thorne to Collaborate with J.K. Rowling on HARRY POTTER Stage Play?


According to the Daily Mail, John Tiffany (Once) and Jack Thorne (Let The Right One In) are in early talks to collaborate with J.K. Rowling on the upcoming HARRY POTTER play, which will be flying -- swiftly, we hope -- into the West End soon. Thorne would pen the script with Tiffany in the director's chair.

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As BWW previously reported, Rowling will co-produce the stage play based on her seven-part magical series. Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender are working with Rowling on the project, which will focus on "the previously untold story of Harry Potter's early years as an orphan and outcast." The Mail now adds that the show "will also explore the story of Harry's parents, ace wizards Lily Evans Potter and James Potter."

HARRY POTTER began with The Philosopher's Stone in 1997 and has since ballooned into an eight-part movie series starring Daniel Radcliffe -- with spin-offs to come -- as well as a theme park in Orlando and more. The HARRY POTTER series has sold more than 450 million copies and has been translated into 77 languages.

Warner Bros, the studio behind the HARRY POTTER films, will have a hand in the show's development, and the HARRY POTTER play is aiming for a 2015 reveal in the West End.

Aside from her hugely successful HARRY POTTER series, Rowling is the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, The Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo's Calling.

Tiffany has helmed Broadway's Once, Macbeth and The Glass Menagerie, all within the last three years. For his work on Once, Tiffany won the 2012 Tony and Drama Desk awards for Best Direction of a Musical. He is currently nominated for the 2014 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for Menagerie.

Tiffany and Thorne worked together on the stage adaptation of Let The Right One In, which ran at the Royal Court last winter. Among Thorne's plays are When You Cure Me, Fanny and Faggot, Stacy, Burying Your Brother in the Pavement, 2 May 1997, Bunny, Greenland and more.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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