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Harry Potter Spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to Be a Trilogy

| 31 Mar 2014 00:39

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Spinoff film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be a trilogy according to Warner Bros.

Following last year's news that J.K. Rowling will be penning the film script for her Harry Potter spinoff book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we now have confirmation that Warner Bros. is following The Hobbit film route and making the book a film trilogy. This was confirmed by a The New York Times profile on Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara. Also, it seems Tsujihara himself was quite instrumental in bringing the Harry Potter franchise back to the big screen. According to Rowling, "When I say he made 'Fantastic Beasts' happen, it isn't P.R.-speak but the literal truth...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!"

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will feature "magizoologist" Newt Scamander and is set seven decades before Harry Potter & Co. make their way to Hogwarts The stories themselves are neither prequels or sequels to the boy wizard's adventures, but will be connected to the wizarding world Rowling concocted for Harry Potter.

While Warner Bros. somehow managed to split The Hobbit and make it into a three-part film that works (in my opinion), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a different story altogether since the book itself is just 54-pages short. Then again, with Rowling tapped to be the actual screenwriter for the flicks, she can just use her wizarding magic to conjure up more stories on the fly so it could work. So, there you have it, Harry Potter fans. Prepare for a new trilogy based on the Harry Potter universe but one that won't actually feature The Boy Who Lived.

Source: The New York Times via Variety

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