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Harry Potter to Join HBO Original Series “Welcome to Derry” as Big Budget Production

HBO is set to undergo a significant shift as popular series like “Harry Potter,” “Welcome to Derry,” and “Lanterns” are making their way to the network. Initially planned for Max, the series were in various stages of development, with “Lanterns” now officially greenlit for production.

Casey Bloys, CEO of HBO and Max content, explained the rationale behind this change, emphasizing the need to distinguish between HBO and Max shows. While initially using Warner Bros. IP as a way to differentiate, the production methods and talent involved in creating these shows mirrored those of HBO. This led to a reevaluation of the distinction, ultimately deciding to classify them all as HBO shows.

Regarding “Lanterns,” HBO announced an eight-episode, straight-to-series order for the drama based on the iconic DC title. The series will follow new recruit John Stewart and Lantern legend Hal Jordan as they delve into a dark, earth-based mystery while investigating a murder in the American heartland. Emmy-nominee Chris Mundy will serve as showrunner and executive producer, with Emmy-winner Damon Lindelof and Eisner Award winner Tom King co-writing the series and also serving as executive producers.

Casey Bloys expressed excitement about the upcoming series, highlighting the collaboration with Mundy, Lindelof, and King for a fresh take on DC’s “Green Lantern.” Positioned as the first new live-action series in the DC Universe, “Lanterns” marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter.

Further details, including casting and premiere dates for these new HBO shows, will be disclosed in the future. As fans eagerly anticipate these upcoming series, the industry awaits to see how these beloved franchises will be reimagined on the HBO platform.