J.K. Rowling announced in September that there would be some kind of spinoff to her wildly popular “Harry Potter” series. The title would be, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” We now know that it is anticipated to be a three part blockbuster.
Warner Bros is apparently planning “three megamovies” for the new books. WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara stayed quiet back in September only saying that, “the hope is that we’re going to build a film franchise.”
Between writing the fourth and fifth Potter books in 2001, Rowling wrote this 54-paged Hogwarts textbook for fun but Tsujihara has convinced her to adapt it for the movie screen.
“When I say he made ‘Fantastic Beasts’ happen, it isn’t P.R.-speak but the literal truth,” Rowling said of Tsujihara. “We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call and then I got out the rough draft that I’d thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting!”
It will be set about 70 years before Harry Potter in New York but will not have anything to do with the Harry Potter series. It is not a prequel or a sequel, but a mere “extension of the wizarding world,” following magizoologist Newt Scamander.
This should be fun.