J.K. Rowling revealed today that she has been forced to change her phone number several times to avoid harassing late night phone calls from Warner Brothers executives begging her to write another “Harry Potter” novel. Rowling, who made the admission during a publicity junket for the publication of her new novel “The Casual Vacancy,” claims the phone calls turned obscene after the studio learned her contemporary adult novel, “The Casual Vacancy,” contained no magic or mention of Harry Potter.
“J.K. should have some compassion,” a Warner Brothers spokesperson told Hollywood & Swine. “Our studio is so desperate for tentpoles that we greenlit a movie version of ‘Lego’ last week. We’re not asking her for a kidney, just another sequel to our most popular film franchise. It doesn’t even have to be good.”
According to Rowling’s phone records, the harassing calls from Warner Brothers began in June, 2011, when the studio’s highly anticipated tentpole “Green Lantern” opened to horrible reviews and poor boxoffice, hurting any chance the studio had for it to become its next big franchise. The phone calls became more frequent following the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” the final installment in the Warner Brothers series that grossed over $7.7 billion worldwide, and continued to get more threatening as “The Dark Knight Rises,” the last film in the studio’s successful Batman trilogy, came out.
Rowling even alleges that Warner Brothers film group President Jeff Robinov drunk dialed her last week after a mean teenager told him that he was never going to be able to get the studio’s dream project “Justice League” off the ground.
“I got stuck on the phone with Jeff until four in the morning because he wouldn’t stop pitching me plots for the next ‘Harry Potter,” said Rowling. “I won’t throw my name on anything just to churn out another movie. I’m not Tyler Perry.”