Rowling said the prequel to the seven-part book series, which have already been turned into eight Warner Bros. movies, will “explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast.”
Also read: J.K. Rowling on Why She Decided to Return to Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Veteran British theater producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender will co-producer with Rowling, who will not write, but collaborate with a writer. Neither the writer or director have been chosen yet, however, as the project will enter the development phase in 2014.
“Over the years I have received countless approaches about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production, but Sonia and Colin’s vision was the only one that really made sense to me, and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry’s story to the stage,” Rowling said in a statement. “After a year in gestation it is exciting to see this project moving on to the next phase. I’d like to thank Warner Bros. for their continuing support in this project.”