The Witcher Saga Coming To Netflix

The Witcher Saga Coming To Netflix

THE WITCHER SAGA COMING TO NETFLIX

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Polish Author Andrzej Sapkowski’s Fantasy Franchise to be Brought to Life as English Language Drama Series

Hollywood, CA., May 17, 2017 – Netflix is developing and producing a new English language drama series based on The Witcher, the globally popular fantasy saga from Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, that has entranced legions of fans worldwide.

Known collectively as the Witcher Saga, Sapkowski’s eight novels and story collections center on “witchers” — hunters who develop supernatural abilities at a young age to battle deadly monsters. The New York TImes bestselling books have spawned a major video game franchise and have been translated into over 20 languages.

“Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix Vice President, international series. “We couldn’t be more excited about bringing The Witcher saga to Netflix members around the world.”

“I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing,” said Sapkowski. “I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”

Andrzej Sapkowski will serve as a creative consultant on the series. Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise, The Expanse) and Jason Brown (The Expanse), partners at the Sean Daniel Company are executive producers, along with Tomek Baginski (Oscar nominated short The Cathedral, BAFTA winning The Fallen Art, Ambition) and Jarek Sawko (The Fallen Art, Another Day of Life) from Platige Image, the Polish production and visual effects company.

“The Witcher stories follow an unconventional family that comes together to fight for truth in a dangerous world,” said Sean Daniel and Jason Brown. “The characters are original, funny and constantly surprising and we can’t wait to bring them to life at Netflix, the perfect home for innovative storytelling.”

Added Platige Image’s Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko: There is a moral and intellectual depth in these books which goes beyond genre. It is a story about today and today’s challenges, hidden under a fantasy cover. It is a story about us, about the monster and the hero inside all of our hearts.”

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Updated Edition of Fantastic Beasts Library Book Will Include New Magical Creatures

Updated Edition of Fantastic Beasts Library Book Will Include New Magical Creatures

Updated Edition of Fantastic Beasts Library Book Will Include New Magical Creatures

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THURSDAY 5TH JAN 2017

The latest edition of classic Hogwarts Library book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been revised by J.K. Rowling to include new beasts.

Six new magical creatures will feature in this up to date edition, out on 14 March, as well as a brand new foreword from Magizoologist Newt Scamander and some beautiful line illustrations by artist Tomislav Tomic.

Known to Potter fans as one of the textbooks from Harry’s days at Hogwarts, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was first published in 2001. The fictional book was ‘written’ by Newt Scamander – the hero of J.K. Rowling’s debut screenplay and feature-length film.

As well as proving to be an indispensable creature compendium to Harry, the book has enchanted readers’ imaginations ever since. And like any diligent author, J.K. Rowling has revisited the original text to bring it in line with recent developments in the Wizarding World. We won’t ruin the surprise of which beasts these will be, but let’s just say there may be a few familiar faces. Or snouts. Or beaks.

Graphic artist Olly Moss designed the eBook cover of this new edition for Pottermore, while print publishers Bloomsbury (UK) and Scholastic (US) have their own fresh artwork. Take a look:

Proceeds from the sale of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will go towards Comic Relief and Lumos – J.K. Rowling’s own children’s charity. Both charities aim to help some of the world’s most vulnerable children and young people have a better life.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Hogwarts Library book edition, is out on 14 March. You can pre-order the newly updated Fantastic Beasts here:

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2016 in Review: The Year We Returned to the Wizarding World

2016 in Review: The Year We Returned to the Wizarding World

2016 in Review: The Year We Returned to the Wizarding World

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THURSDAY 22ND DEC 2016

Merlin’s beard, what a year. It has been a great rollicking adventure for anyone who has kept space in their heart for J.K. Rowling’s words. As New Year approaches, let’s take a little moment to celebrate everything that’s happened in 2016.

This year we got to see the eighth Harry Potter story in stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: the story we never thought we’d get. Previews began on 7 June, the Gala Opening was 30 July and the script book went on sale moments after midnight, as we crossed into Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s shared birthday, 31 July.

The production received effusive acclaim from critics, five-star reviews, standing ovations and, in November, the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play. J.K. Rowling promised to get that play to as many Harry Potter fans as possible around the world, and sure enough plans are afoot for a Broadway production to open in Spring 2018. It’s been quite the most extraordinary, feverishly anticipated theatre event of the year, and a major achievement for director John Tiffany, playwright Jack Thorne and everyone else involved in the production.

Then, in November, we slipped into another era of magic altogether. We were invited to follow endearing-but-brave Magizoologist Newt Scamander to 1926 New York, in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: the story we never expected!

Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller and Colin Farrell joined the wizarding world – and everyone was suitably sentimental about it.

In the pouring rain at the European premiere of Fantastic Beasts, Ezra Miller told me that he’s always felt a part of the Harry Potter family because ‘that world is inclusive, it makes you find your own magic.’ That, perhaps more than anything else, is the beating heart of this fandom and this franchise: Harry Potter devotees are still very interested in finding their own magic.

Both play and film have brought beloved old characters back into our lives – perhaps characters we never thought we’d see again – and introduced us to new ones. We’ve been invited to corners of J.K. Rowling’s imagination we never even dreamed we’d visit.

This year we also discovered our Patronuses, were sorted into Ilvermorny houses, learned about Wizarding Schools across the globe as well as the history of magic in North America. And, just like the old Potter days, we waited in queues outside cinemas and bookshops at midnight to get our hands on new stories.

From Jim Kay’s exquisite illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, to Pottermore Presents, it’s been quite a year. And on top of all that, we’ve been promised four more Fantastic Beasts movies. This year has been frantic and huge and mad and wondrous. It’s been unlike any other year in the history of Harry Potter. Let’s do it all again, shall we?

Covering all of these events, for me, has been an utter joy. I cannot tell you what it’s meant to me. It was a delight to meet the casts and creative teams of Fantastic Beasts and Cursed Child. But the most significant, humbling, enchanting thing has been meeting other people who adore this world like I do.

I’ve met brave, wonderful fans at events around the world and been genuinely moved by their continuing loyalty to the world they first entered with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I’ve seen them in costume as Harry, Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore, Umbridge, Hagrid and Snape. I’ve seen them, recently, as Newt, Tina and Queenie. I’ve seen them in Muggle clothes with a casual Gryffindor scarf wrapped around their necks. Whatever costume you’ve been in, you’ve all been so wonderful – and it was such a pleasure to meet you.

At a midnight screening of Fantastic Beasts in London, I met a woman dressed as Lucius Malfoy who told me she was engaged to the Death Eater beside her – and they met on Pottermore. I met a man at Comic Con dressed as Newt Scamander, who said he’s only truly survived being bullied because he could find the good in the world through the Harry Potter books. I saw the beautiful way fans mourned the death of an extraordinary man, one Alan Rickman, whom we lost tragically this year.

I’ve seen first-hand what this fandom is made of, and it’s made of love, tolerance and courage. In my humble opinion, there is no greater fandom in the world and no greater set of stories, places, spells, adventures and characters to adore.

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners – Review

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners – Review

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners – Review

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Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners is the latest addition to the ever growing, and increasingly popular Monster Hunter series of books first introduced almost exactly nine years ago, by the wonderful Larry Correia. I think that it’s pretty fair to say that when he first launched the Monster Hunter Series almost exactly nine years ago, Larry Correia wasn’t expecting it to be as popular as it’s become. Including this latest addition, there has been seven books published in the series so far, with another three books either planned or scheduled to come out in the future. Hopefully there will be even more to come beyond that since the books seem to get even more fun, and addicting as they go along.

Fun

Without a doubt, Sinners is an absolutely fun read, and time simply seemed to fly by as the story progresses. As I was reading, in many ways I felt as if I was transported back to the 1980’s and experiencing a classic blockbuster for the first time. Allow me to illustrate what I mean, Sinners felt almost like it was a cross between Die Hard and Supernatural, with the lead Chad Gardenier, being played by a young Bruce Willis as he dukes it out with the supernatural forces of evil in the Big Easy. It is easy to see that John Ringo had fun romping around in the world created by Larry Correia, and that he does it with all the loving (and somewhat reckless) abandon of a 12-year-old boy on a late summer night adventure.

Story

As was stated earlier, Sinners is much like a 1980’s action adventure blockbuster. Very high octane, and completely fun. However, there is also a bit of a downside to this as well. There isn’t a whole lot to the story beyond “I went here, and I kicked this demon’s butt.” While the story may not be particularly deep, or thought provoking, it does help provide some fantastic background to the MHI world, and allow the reader a look into some of the background material that has helped make the world of Monster Hunters exactly what it is…fun and exhilarating.

Flow

Have you ever noticed how some action movies, or television shows, start off with at a decent pace and then dramatically pick up the pace? That is exactly what you have in Sinners. Chad Gardenier leads the reader on a nonstop rollercoaster ride that is so much fun the reader finds themselves unable to put the book down. The thing about rollercoasters is that all you can do is hold on, and try to catch your breath…which is exactly what I found myself doing repeatedly throughout this story.

Characters

Chad Gardenier is the primary character of Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners, and who made his first appearance in the recent publication of Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge. Frist off, John Ringo does an excellent job of presenting Chad Gardenier as a larger than life, classic 80’s Action Hero. This is a man that you can imagine striding across the silver screen, perhaps portrayed (as stated earlier) by a young Bruce Willis, kicking butt and taking names. Some readers may find it difficult to believe that Team Hoodoo, and established and overworked team that is on the ragged edge, is as welcoming of Gardenier as they are portrayed to be. However, John Ringo does a superb job of portraying something that is seen oftentimes in military units who are at the sharp point of the spear, acceptance upon proof. Once Gardenier is able to hang with the rest of the team (i.e., that he is an asset to the team) then he is welcomed with open arms. By the end of Sinners though, you do wonder just how much more this man has to go through.

Revisit Value

So…is Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners a book that I would reread again? Definitely. Just as with any other work produced by Larry Correia or John Ringo, I will be keeping this on my shelf and visiting it repeatedly. That is, as long as it doesn’t disappear from my personal library due to some friend or family member “borrowing” it whenever they get a chance. In the event that this happens (and I just know that it will) I guess that I will find myself needing to do a bit of “hunting” myself.

Rating: Buff

I really wish that I could give this a rating of “Everyone,” unfortunately I can’t. While I absolutely loved Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners, I need to be honest enough to say that not everyone will enjoy it. Whether it is the casual approach that Gardenier has towards sex (he does live by the rule of “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die”), or the attention to the guns, or the overall violence depicted in the story…well, the list goes on. Keep in mind that if this story book was made into a movie as it is currently written, it would receive (at most) a PG-13 rating. There really isn’t anything depicted in this that hasn’t been shown on television shows such as Supernatural. So, if you enjoy watching shows such as Supernatural, don’t hesitate at all and click on the picture of the cover art so that you can get your copy today.

Lord of the Rings: The Races of Arda

Lord of the Rings: The Races of Arda

Lord of the Rings: The Races of Arda

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Anyone that has ever seen The Lord of the Rings movies, or more importantly read the books, there are many different races that live on the world which the amazing J.R.R. Tolkien created named Arda. While there are well over a two or three dozen races described in the books, there were only a few that were actually named, and even fewer that were used (or heavily alluded to) in the movies. It is these 13 Races that will be discussed here. Each of the races will have a little background history, and an example (if possible) of a character from the books and movies.

1. Ainur

The Ainur were the first race created by Eru Ilúvatar, who is the High God found in The Lord of the Rings and the creator or the world. Aniur are, simply put, primordial beings, who are more spirit than anything else. Once Eru created the world, the fifteen most powerful of these beings descended to Arda and chose to take a corporeal body and became known as the Valar – the Powers of Arda. The leader of the Valar was known as Manwë, and the most physically powerful became the first, and ultimate Lord of Darkness – Melkor Morgoth. While Manwë would be the author of untold beauty and hope throughout the world, his brother Melkor was the author of much despair, horror, and torment. Other, less powerful, Ainur also went to the world and ended up becoming the Maiar. The Ainur have existed since the time before the creation of the world

2. Balrog

Just as there were Maiar that remained faithful and followed Manwë, there were those who did not. These fallen Maiar became known as the Balrog. No exact numbers were provided for how many Balrog existed, and only one was given a specific name, Gothmog who was the Lord of the Balrog’s, and second only to Melkor and equal in rank to Sauron. Gothmog fell in battle in the year 510 of the First Age when he battled against Ecthelion who was a contemporary and friend of Glorfindel (the one who carried Frodo into Rivendell, and saving him from the Ring Wraiths. The only other major Balrog that is closed to being named in the series was given the title Durin’s Bane, and is the one who fought Gandalf the Grey in Moira. As with the Ainur, the Balrog are virtually ageless and immortal.

3. Dragons

Serpents, Great Worms, Drakes, by whatever name they were called, dragons have existed since the First age. They were originally created and bred by Melkor to serve the role of shock troops in his army. The father of all dragons went by the name of Glaurung, while the last of the “Great” Dragon’s mentioned by name to have lived on Arda was Smaug who Bilbo confronted, and Bard killed. Once Melkor was thrown into the void, and Glaurung was killed, the dragons primarily focused their efforts on collecting vast stores of wealth, and this often lead to them becoming a great a major threat and nuisance to the dwarves and elves. Physically, dragons were among the largest and strongest of the races of Arda. When a fully grown winged dragon (such as Smaug) would flap his wings it carried the force of a hurricane, and the flames that they could generate were one of the few things that could actually destroy the Rings of Power (though not the One Ring). Not much is actually known about the full life cycle of a dragon, since there were none that died of old age. What is known is that a dragon did not enter adolescence until they had lived at least a century. By the time that Smaug died, he had already lived in the Lonely Mountain for roughly 200 years, and was already fully grown at that time. This means that at a minimum, he was 300 years old, though it is entirely possible that he was much, much, older than that. Hypothetically, if a dragon were to be left alone, and given ideal circumstances, they may be effectively immortal.

4. Dwarves

Also known as the Gonnhirrim (Masters of Stone), Naugrim (Stunted People), and Khazad, Dwarves are one of the most easily recognized (and cantankerous) races on Arda. Techically, the dwarves were the first of the races to be created, though they were created out of turn. This race was not created by Eru as the others were, and instead created by Aulë who was reprimanded by Eru. As punishment, Eru decreed that the dwarves would sleep until after the Elves were created and were walking the world. As a race, dwarves have exceptionally long lives, much longer than “mortal” men such as Aragorn. For example, at the time of his death Thorin Oakenshield was 195 years old, and still considered relatively young among his companions. Gimli, the son of Glóin (a companion of Thorin Oakenshield), was 60-ish when Thorin died and he was considered (for all intents and purposes) a child at that age. When Gimli left Arda for the Undying Lands he was 261 years old.

5. Ents

This fantastic race appeared on Arda shortly after the elves, as a counter to the industrial tendencies that were exhibited by the dwarves. Unfortunately, over time this amazing race were slowly forgotten over time, and relegated to the realm of legend and fantasy by some of the younger races of Arda. An example of this was when Merry and Pippin met the Ent Treebeard during the War of the Ring. To illustrate just how long the Ents lived, Treebeard shared with the young Hobbits the fact that the Ents were taught how to talk by the elves, Treebeard called this being cured of “dumbness.” Ents are physically one of the stronger races on the planet, and only Trolls can usually counter them (such as the Cave Troll that the Fellowship ran into in the mines of Moria). While the Ents are exceptionally long lived, they are also slow to reproduce, and there have been no new Ents born in recent memory (of either the Elves or Ents). This is in large part due to the fact that the Entwives, the female Ents, have been missing for close to a millennium. Unfortunately, it looks as if the days of the Ents are numbered.

6. Elves

Known as the Firstborn, Elves were the first “mortal” race that were created and allowed to walk about the face of Arda by the Ainur. There are no known records of an Elf dying due to old age. In fact, an example of just how long Elves have been known to live can be seen in Elrond the Half-Elf. Elrond was born in the final years of the First Age, and left for the Undying Lands at the end of the Third Age, for a total of roughly 6,520 years. When Elves marry, they marry for life. This means that they never remarry if a spouse dies. Further, if an Elf marries a “mortal” race such as Men and have a child, that child is a placed in a unique situation. When they “come of age” they make a choice where they can volunteer to have a much shorter lifespan and eventually die of old age (such was the choice made by Arwen when she married Aragorn). However, if they do not choose to do so, they are effectively immortal…though they can die due to violence.

7. Great Eagles

Also known as the Eagles of Manwë, the Great Eagles were one of the races that were created specifically by Manwë. The eagles were given the task to help keep the evil of the fallen Valar Melkor Morgoth and Sauron in check. These magnificent birds were also the messengers, spies, and as some of the most devoted troops on the side of the light during the almost endless war against evil. As with many of the first races, the Great Eagles were effectively immortal, only dying of violence rather than old age. The Great Eagles were the ones that rescued Gandalf from Orthanc, and Frodo and Sam from the side of Mount Doom.

8. Great Spiders

The Great Spiders, more properly known as the Spawn of Ungoliant, were some of the more memorable Servants of the Shadow. While these oversized, sentient spiders are found in practically every location that carries a heavy taint of the Shadow, not much is really known about them. For example, no one really knows how old they can get (probably due to the fact that any watchers tend to get eaten). Ungoliant, the first of the Great Spiders, was an ally of Melkor and a fellow Ainur who fell to the shadow. When Ungoliant fell, she took the form of a spider, and earned the name Spider of Night. Ungoliant was the one that helped Melkor begin his rebellion against Manwë, and who later grew so powerful that even Melkor feared her. Eventually she was killed at the end of the First Age when she gave in to her never-ending hunger, and ate herself. The other notable member of this race was a daughter of Ungoliant’s, by the name of Shelob. Shelob lived in Mordor, and inadvertently guarded one of the entrances to the Dark Lord Sauron’s lands. While she lived there, she ate anything that she could find (Elves, Men, Orcs, even attempting a couple of Hobbits) since she also felt some of the great hunger of Ungoliant.

9. Hobbits

Hobbits are one of the few races, if not the only one, that no one knows where they came from. If they were created by one of the Ainur (such as Manwë) or were a direct creation of Eru, then no one is talking. The race as a whole were first noticed at the start of the Third Age, but it is not clear as to when they really first came on the scene. What is known is that these Halflings are a very gentle race that prefers to talk and share a good meal than get into a fight. However, if the need does arise, the Hobbits are among the most nimble and stealthy of the races around. While the average Hobbit only lives to be about 100 years old, there are several that live much longer than that, and a couple that have even lived to be 130 or so. Two of the most notable Hobbits were of the Baggins family, Bilbo and Frodo. Bilbo is the one that found The One Ring just prior to the start of the War of the Ring, and Frodo is the Halfling that was able to carry the cursed ring to its final destruction.

10. Maiar

In the simplest possible terms, Maiar are what were known to the racaes of Arda as Wizards. However, there is a little more to it than that. Maiar are, technically, lesser Ainur they are also truly worthy of being called a separate race of primordial spirits that were the earthly servants of the Valar. This is an immortal race that has been around since before the formation of the world, and upon its creation were tasked to work with specific Ainur who were over a portion of the world. For example, there is Olórin (Gandalf) who worked directly with Manwë, Curumo (Saruman) who worked with Aulë, Alwendil (Radagast the Brown) worked with Yavanna, and finally, and Mairon (Sauron) who worked primarily with Melkor. There were countless Maiar throughout the ages, and only those who remained faithful came to be known as the Wizards. The ones who fell early became Balrogs and other Servants of the Shadow. One of the most notable betrayals was Saruman the White, who turned his back on Manwe and became a servant of Sauron.

11. Men

Just as there are many races on Arda, there are also many races of Man as well. While most races of Men will typically live between 80 and 100 years, there is one race that is much longer lived. That race is called the Númenóreans, and are also known as the Dúnedain. The typical Dúnedain will live to be about 150 to 180 years, while their Kings (such as Aragorn) can live to over 200 years. Aragorn specifically lived to be about 210 when he died. This particular race of Man came from the Island of Númenor prior to it being sunk, and settled in Amor and Gondor. By the time that the Third Age came about, then they were primarily located around Gondor (though there were a few Rangers wandering in the North). Periodically there would be intermarriage between this race and Elves, which would allow the children of the union to live a dramatically increased life – oftentimes three times as long. An example of this can be found in Elros (the son of Arwen and Aragorn) who lived to be about 450 years old before he died.

12. Orcs

The tale of the Orc is a tragic one, since they were (and are) not a natural creation of Manwë or Eru. Rather they were created by Melkor twisting and perverting Elves. Not much is known about the exact process utilized by Melkor to turn a beautiful and peace loving Elf into the twisted, dark, and blood lusting monster that is the Orc. What is known is that they were created in the First Age, that they cannot remain in the sun uncovered, and that physically they are somewhat shorter than most Men. However, since they are perversions of Elves they do tend to have the same lifespan. Thus, they are virtually immortal, and will often only die due to violence. One of the more notable Orcs mentioned in The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit is Azog the Defiler. This orc is the one that fought Thorin Oakenshield during the Battle of Five Armies, and caused his death. The Orc Gothmog is the chief lieutenant of the Witch-King of Angmar (the Ring Wraith) who lead the attack against the forces of Gondor during the War of the Ring.

13. Uruk-hai

Uruk-hai were first created by Sauron near the end of the Third Age, in an attempt to improve upon the ancient Orcs that were created by Melkor. These Orcs are smarter, stronger, and larger than a regular orc and are thus much more of a danger to face. It was through the use of these troops that Sauron’s forces were able to take, and destroy, the Gondorian city of Osgiliath. Saruman the White was taught the process for making these types of Orcs by Sauron in order to create the large army that marched on Helm’s Deep, and joined the rest of Sauron’s forces later in the War of the Ring. One of the more notable Uruk-hai in the books, at least being named, is Ugluk. This orc is the one that lead the forces who captured Merry and Pippen, killed Boromir, and helped scatter the Fellowship of the Ring.

Well, there you have it…13 of the most common and known races on Arda, the world that was created by J.R.R. Tolkien. There are naturally many more, literally dozens of other races, sub races, and individuals mentioned in the books. This is only a glimmer into what is awaiting you as you explore the books and movies. You still have were-wolves, trolls, vampires, wraiths, skin-changers, fairies, and much more. Have fun.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in talks to open on Broadway in 2018

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in talks to open on Broadway in 2018

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in talks to open on Broadway in 2018

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THURSDAY 1ST DEC 2016

Pottermore are delighted to announce that plans are officially underway for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to open on Broadway, with producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender in detailed talks to open the show in a totally transformed Lyric Theatre in New York in the spring of 2018. Yes, really!

After a hugely successful, award-winning opening at London’s Palace Theatre in the summer, discussions to bring Cursed Child to Broadway are now in their final stages, with major theatre owner Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) planning a huge multi-million-dollar transformation of the New York’s Lyric Theatre in preparation for its big, Broadway opening.

Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender, along with set designer Christine Jones, talked to Pottermore about the momentous news, choosing a new venue, and how it feels to be taking Cursed Child across the pond.

‘The moment we opened in the West End, the inevitable question was ‘when are you going to Broadway?’ Sonia told us.

‘So we brought the creative team to New York in September this year to look at many of the beautiful theatres in New York city.’

Eventually, the team settled on The Lyric Theatre, which will be completely remodelled and reconfigured from a 1,900 seat theatre into a more intimate 1,500 seat auditorium to accommodate the dramatic look and feel of Cursed Child.

‘When the redesigned Lyric was presented to us as an idea and what the possibilities could be, we re-thought the whole thing and totally fell in love with the notion of a theatre being created especially for the Cursed Child, overseen by designer Christine and our director John Tiffany,’ Sonia explained.

‘We are still subject to planning, but assuming we get the go ahead, we will have the theatre of our dreams that will be intimate enough for a drama, yet big enough for us to follow in the footsteps of the London production and continue to provide low priced tickets throughout the auditorium.’

New Yorker Christine Jones, who created the iconic look of Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre, now has an entirely new space to play with, with scope to give the Lyric a distinctive new aesthetic from the London version.

‘It’s an incredibly unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience,’ Christine said.

‘The hope is that this theatre will have its own soul and its own identity, very much a New York theatre from the period and not just a recreation of what was made in London.’

The front of house will also be redesigned which was a ‘massive selling point’ for the team.

‘What’s wonderful about the Lyric is that it has very generous public spaces front of house which will allow the audience a place to mingle in a way that’s unique in the Broadway landscape,’ Colin explained.

‘Having a large and spacious atmospheric front of house lobby area was as crucial to us as the space inside,’ Sonia agreed.

‘We know the moment people walk through the door, the experience begins.’

And how are the “three Js”, writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany, and, of course, J.K. Rowling, feeling about the new move across the pond?

‘They are very, very happy,’ Sonia said. ‘John is going to be crucial and very, very involved with Christine and the rest of the design team on the look, feel, aesthetic and overall feel of the theatre. Jack can’t wait to see it, and Jo is fully, fully supportive of the whole venture. Our three Js are as great as ever.’

‘It feels like we’ve only just opened it in London but it’s a beautiful feeling being the custodians of this great work – the custodians on behalf of fans,’ Sonia added.

‘We know we need to bring it to New York as soon as we possibly can.’

For more news on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s plans for Broadway, simply stay tuned…

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