Initially, we understood that the tale of fictitious author Newt Scamander would indeed be a prequel that spanned the length of three films. However, Kevin Tsujihara — CEO of Warner Bros. — announced that the adaptation will be “at least” a trilogy, opening up possibilities for more tales set within J.K. Rowling’s wonderful world of witchcraft and wizardry.
Here’s an extract from the company’s recently-released press release:
The Studio will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s original story and screenwriting debut, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Set in an extension of her familiar wizarding world, featuring magical creatures and characters inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook and its fictitious author, Newt Scamander, “Fantastic Beasts” will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, and reunite the filmmaking team of David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.
Of course, this largely depends on how well Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them performs come release. Warner Bros. is set to launch the first entry into the trilogy on November 18th, 2016, which will be directed by Harry Potter veteran David Yates. Looking ahead to the next chapters in the series, though, the company expects to bring the second and third instalments to the silver screen in 2018 and 2020, respectively.
Tell us, what do you make of this news? Indeed do you think Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them will have the same staying power as The Boy Who Lived? Let us know below.