Emma Watson Signs on for a New Fantasy Series from 'Harry Potter' Producer

Emma Watson Signs on for a New Fantasy Series from 'Harry Potter' Producer

Jun 14, 2013

It's natural to wonder what the starring Harry Potter trio of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are working on now that their wonderful wizarding days are over. Perhaps the more interesting question, though, is what will producer David Heyman do? He's the one who saw the potential in J. K. Rowling's little series of books well before the rest of the world did, and he's the one who turned them into an eight-film global phenomenon. So, his early attachment to a new fantasy series should raise a few eyebrows. That he's also involving Emma Watson is just a bonus for Potter fans.

The book in question is called The Queen of the Tearling, though don't feel bad if you've never heard of it since the book hasn't actually been published yet. It's the first in a series written by Erika Johansen that'll hit store shelves in 2014. It's set 300 years after an environmental disaster allows for someone called the Red Queen to hold the world in her grasp. Watson will be playing the books' 19-year-old lead, who presumably tries to upset the system put in place by the Red Queen.

Variety broke the news and describes the book as "a female Game of Thrones," which is kind of a dumb description considering Game of Thrones is already very, very female heavy. In fact, many of that series' strongest characters are female, so we're not sure why that comparison is being made, but we'll guess what they actually mean is that it'll be more about the characters than it is about the fantasy stage, so to speak. 

As of right now, The Queen of the Tearling doesn't have a writer or a director on board, but considering how much draw Heyman and Watson bring to the project, it surely won't be long before they attract some interesting creative partners. Maybe Heyman will pull someone else from his working past to take the helm. If that's the case, we hope it's Alfonso Cuaron. The two first worked together on the Prisoner of Azkaban, and reteamed for this fall's Gravity. It'd be nice to see them go for a hat trick.

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