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Bodrov Takes Spook's Apprentice

Russian Helming Warner Bros' next Wizarding Franchise

By Jarrod Sarafin     May 14, 2010
Source: Variety

Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) inspecting the Black home in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART I(2010).
© Warner Bros. Pictures

With Warner Bros' cash-friendly Harry Potter franchise coming to an end soon the studio is setting their eyes on a new wizarding franchise of sorts, and they're bringing in a popular Russian to helm the first installment. Variety reports they've tasked Sergei Bodrov to direct Spook's Apprentice, the first of a six-part series based on Joseph Delaney's novels. Legendary Pictures and Thunder Road will co-produce.

Plot Concept: The story centers a 13-year-old boy who learns about wizardry from a forbidding old spook.


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Calibur454 5/14/2010 5:18:49 AM

ill pass on this one

wsblackadder 5/14/2010 6:03:32 AM

who is Sergei Bodrov ??

AmbyWarhol 5/14/2010 6:09:32 AM

 What?  Why follow the same path again?  There are plenty of untouched books out there.  Harry Potter was a one shot deal.  People won't fall for it twice after Potter is done.

Wiseguy 5/14/2010 7:39:03 AM

Harry Potter caught lightning in a bottle, this only happens every so often so I can't see this succeeding, especially since everyone will be comparing to HP. Same thing happened with some of the films that followed LOTR.

krathwardroid 5/14/2010 8:33:50 AM

Why don't we all help catch some lightning for these people.

XeroWarp 5/14/2010 12:07:13 PM

Hey Hollywood, LOTR is almost 10 years old. How about a remake?

Deadfox 5/14/2010 2:22:12 PM

Hollywood, enough with the soft magic movies.  Harry Potter has had his day and the world has moved on.  Get into some real gritty epic fantasy.  I don't know why no one has tackled Raymond E Feist's Magician yet.  Or even if you want to go down the  well trodden path of the apprentice-themed plot, the Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea stories are amazing.

littlemikey979 5/14/2010 6:59:03 PM

didn't hollywood already try this with the Percy Jackson books, yeah and how did that go over?

Mhalakai 5/16/2010 3:05:26 AM

Hey, try the book first. I've really enjoyed the series so far. It's a lot less "kiddy" than Harry Potter, but I'm not sure Hollywood will keep the Devil as the mail villain, will probably try to get a PG rating and come-up with some lame villain-idea...



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