J.K. Rowling to Produce Harry Potter Prequel Play

Earlier this year we heard the big news about J.K. Rowling jumping back into the Harry Potter sandbox to write a new film based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. But apparently that was not enough for her. Now Rowling is also set to co-produce (but sadly, not write) with Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender a new play based on Harry’s pre-Hogwarts years living at the Dursleys’.

JK RowlingThe official press release from Rowling’s website and her Facebook page reads:

J.K. Rowling is pleased to announce that she is collaborating with the award-winning theatre producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender on a new stage play to be based on the Harry Potter stories.

What was it like to be the boy in the cupboard under the stairs? This brand new play, which will be developed for the UK theatre, will explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast. Featuring some of our favourite characters from the Harry Potter books, this new work will offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard. A seemingly ordinary boy, but one for whom Destiny has plans…

J.K. Rowling will also be a co-producer on the project, but whilst she will collaborate with a writer on the new play, she will not write the script herself.

J.K.Rowling said:

“Over the years I have received countless approaches about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production, but Sonia and Colin’s vision was the only one that really made sense to me, and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry’s story to the stage. After a year in gestation it is exciting to see this project moving on to the next phase. I’d like to thank Warner Bros. for their continuing support in this project.”

Writers and directors are now being considered, and the project will move into development in 2014.

Keep an eye out for that, you lucky fans in the UK! And maybe it’ll cross the pond for us in the US once it becomes a hit (it’s Harry Potter, you know it will).

So what do you think? Excited? Antagonistic toward the Atlantic Ocean? Sound off in the comments!