— Fantastic Beasts (@FantasticBeasts) October 13, 2016
Now comes confirmation, once again from Rowling, that she will be penning all five scripts:
I’m the screenwriter. Currently putting the finishing touches to the second one. https://t.co/smffkQ42GZ
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 13, 2016
Not only is she writing the scripts, it appears she’s nearly completed the second, which already has a release date of November 16, 2018 locked in. A third movie is already scheduled for November 20, 2020. It was previously believed that there would only be three ‘Fantastic Beasts’ films, and maybe that was the plan, but the imagination of Rowling is apparently infinite and sounds as though she simply had too many good ideas to be contained.
‘Fantastic Beasts’ was actually Rowling’s first screenplay, but it appears that she enjoyed the process and that Warner Brothers was happy with what she delivered.
Director David Yates spoke last month on Rowling’s writing process and how it differed from her usual style:
“With Jo it’s a sort of extraordinary process because she doesn’t realize that’s how it should work. So, you give Jo notes and then a week later you’ll get a script. And I’ll be like, whoa! Jo’s just delivered a script– after a week. And what she’ll do is she’ll kind of riff off notes and she’ll create a whole new series of things within that screenplay, which take us off in all sorts of different tangents. So, she’s like a sort of volcano of ideas.
And the process was really paring down, tuning, finding ultimately the form that would best become a movie. And she’s a really quick learner so, pretty much after several months of that process she kind of got the form really, really quickly. And realized that it was about paring down and simplifying, rather than adding absolute new sequences and new ideas all the time. And there were things that were created in this process that will be used next time for the next movie or maybe the movie beyond that.”
Are you excited that we can expect more Rowling-penned adventures for years to come?
‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, David Chester, Samantha Morton, Carmen Ejogo, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, and Colin Farrell breaks out of it’s cage on November 18, 2016.