‘Fantastic Beasts’: ‘Harry Potter’ Spin-Off To Be A Trilogy

Mon, March 31, 2014 2:26pm EST by Add first Comment
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‘Harry Potter’ fans — get excited! We’ve known since September that JK Rowling is writing a screenplay for Warner Bros. based on Newt Scamander, fictional writer of JK’s 2001 companion novel ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them,’ but we’ve now learned that Warner Bros. plans to release a trilogy of films based on ‘Fantastic Beasts!’

It’s been seven dark years since Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows was printed in the U.S., and three since Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows — Part 2 was released in theaters in 2011, capping off the Harry Potter series for good. As a result, fans were beside themselves with excitement when JK Rowling announced in Sept. 2013 that she was penning a screenplay for Warner Bros. based on the companion novel she released in 2001 to benefit British charity Comic Relief, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. As if that’s not enough excitement for Potterheads everywhere, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara has just spilled to the New York Times that there will be three films based off the novel. Read on for everything we know so far about the upcoming Fantastic Beasts trilogy!

‘Harry Potter’ Spin-Off ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’: ‘Three Megamovies Are Planned’

“Three megamovies are planned,” according to The New York Times profile on Kevin Tsujihara. “The main character will be a “magizoologist” named Newt Scamander,” the piece continued.

As JK has stated in the past, “although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where [she] was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.”

We won’t lie: we would love to see more of what’s going on in Harry’s world, but we couldn’t be more excited to see an extension of the wizarding world as we know it — and in three more movies! Written by JK herself! Are we dying? Are we in that weird in-between place that Harry was in with Dumbledore when he died briefly in Deathly Hallows?

If you’re wondering at whose altar you should be worshipping for this glorious gift, it would indeed be Kevin’s. JK revealed that Kevin is the one that made Fantastic Beasts happen — and that’s not “P.R.-speak but the literal truth. [They] had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call, and then [she] got out the rough draft that [she'd] thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for [her] kids and started rewriting!”

She continued that “when Kevin got the top job, he brought a new energy, which rubbed off. He’s a very engaging person, thoughtful and funny.”

JK Rowling Wrote A Draft Of The ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Film In 12 Days

Emma Watson interviewed JK for Wonderland magazine in Feb. 2014, and JK had this to say about the script for Fantastic Beasts:

When Warner Bros. came to me and said they wanted to make a film out of the book I had this simultaneous feeling of ‘it has a lot of potential,’ and another feeling of slight panic that ‘I know some things about Newt and I don’t want you to ruin that for me!’ because I knew who he was. So then I went away and sort of dwelt on what I knew about Newt, not intending to write a script but just trying to collect my thoughts so that I could at least give them the backstory I’d imagined, so that their vision was true to what I knew.

Then I really did have one of those moments that always make you phenomenally excited as a writer; but also that you know is going to end up being a ton of work. I thought, ‘Oh my God, a whole plot’s just descended on me!’ But I wanted to do it as I was really excited about it. I wasn’t really thinking about writing the script myself, I thought, you know, I’ll give them this plot and then – fatally – I sat down and thought ‘I just wonder what it would look like…’ and wrote a rough draft in twelve days!

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I think they were kind of stunned. I didn’t tell them I had written it in twelve days. I’ve never written a script. It truly wasn’t that I thought I’d be good at it, I just wanted to get the outline of the story down, and that’s obviously given me a lot to work with going forward.

Well, we’re glad to see that JK is as enthusiastic about her wizarding world as we are! A release date for Fantastic Beasts has not yet been set, but we’ll keep you posted as soon as we know.

Are you looking forward to the Fantastic Beasts trilogy, HollywoodLifers? Vote and comment below!

– Amanda Michelle Steiner

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