Tuesday, April 17, 2007


I've been subbing this week so I am, no doubt, the last person to see this from Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily. The Harry Potter movie franchise may be on the way to becoming a theme park.

Disney watcher Jim Hill said that the company had been in protracted negotiations with J.K Rowling and Warner's to secure theme park rights for the complex. But that project never materialized. Instead, I'm told Universal went into negotiations with Warner's and that a Harry Potter them park deal is now set in principle but terms are still being finalized. Bill Davis, president of Universal Orlando Resort, was asked in February by the Orlando Sentinel about the possibility of a Harry Potter attraction. Davis replied: "Boy, I think that would be great. I can't talk about what we're going to be bringing to either one of our parks in the future. That's a forward-looking thing we can't discuss. I will tell you we're working hard to bring innovative, new technologically-advanced attractions to both of our parks.”

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