“Bizarre Al” Says WB Turned Down His ‘Harry Potter’ Parody Request – The Hollywood Reporter

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“Bizarre Al” Yankovic has parodied the whole lot from theme songs for beloved franchises like Star Wars to iconic rap songs like “Gangsta’s Paradise.” Nonetheless, one title he by no means obtained to revamp is “Hedwig’s Theme,” the Harry Potter theme track, however that wasn’t for lack of making an attempt.

Whereas selling his biopic Bizarre: The Al Yankovic Story, the award-winning artist revealed he tried to get permission to parody the theme track and was turned down by Warner Bros.

“Every time it was, a couple of decade or two in the past, I approached the film firm simply to get a basic blessing like, ‘Hey, I’d love to do a Harry Potter parody.’ And I believe they mentioned no, or they by no means responded or no matter,” Yankovic informed The Hollywood Reporter. “However typically whenever you’re coping with franchises, and also you ask permission, , there’s so many individuals that may say no, and so they normally do.” THR has reached out to Warner Bros. for remark.

After being shut down, Yankovic says he realized his lesson for future parodies. “If I’m doing a franchise, it’s normally higher simply to do it and apologize slightly than permission,” he defined.

Regardless of not being allowed to write down a parody for the long-lasting magical franchise, Yankovic stays an enormous fan of it, joking that his favourite Harry Potter film is Bizarre: The Al Yankovic Story. “We prefer to assume that that’s the final film of the Harry Potter franchise,” he mentioned.

Daniel Radcliffe and Evan Rachel Wooden, who play Bizarre Al and Madonna within the biopic, have been shocked that the musician hadn’t parodied the franchise’s theme track, which Wooden claimed was “ripe” for Bizarre Al.

“Possibly that’s what this movie is,” Radcliffe joked. “This has been his approach of doing a Harry Potter parody.”


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