As the first installment of the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ franchise is about to hit Us theaters this week, we’ve been treated to some fairly big news on the future of the franchise recently. First, we heard that the planned film series for this portion of the Harry Potter-verse tale has been expanded from the initially-planned three films up to five, and that original “Potter” author JK Rowling will be writing the screenplay for all the remaining films (the first film was her first-ever screenplay-writing credit).
Now comes word from “Fantastic Beasts” director David Yates that he’d like to take on the directing duties for all five of the films, something that is rarely done on the directorial side of a long-plotted-out film franchise. In a recent interview, Yates said:
“I love making films, and I’ve got a great team, all of whom are like family. [For production purposes,] I only look at it movie-to-movie.”
In the latter part of his comment, Yates is noting that his commitment is not official and that he has not signed a contract to direct the future films – but it is something he desires. He’s in constant contact with Rowling, and he further mentioned that she is “putting the finishing touches” on the second film’s screenplay, which he is signed on to direct:
“[The second film] feels so different from this [first film]. Much more haunting, like a dream. What she’s doing is really interesting; she’s not repeating herself.”
The second film reportedly takes place at least partly in England and introduces a young Albus Dumbledore and his rival, Gellert Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp).
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” hits US theaters on November 18, 2016, with the sequel slated to arrive on November 16, 2018.
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