Warner Brothers has pushed back production on the third installment in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ series. The second film opened in November of last year. There don’t appear to be any problems with the third movie, but more time is needed for pre-production. It was originally expected to begin filming in July, but now production isn’t anticipated to begin until sometime this autumn. As with the prior two movies, J.K. Rowling is writing the script and David Yates will direct. Reportedly, the cast has been alerted, so they can adjust their plans accordingly.
‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ made $814 million at the box office, while ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ made $648.8 million. Eddie Redmayne stars in the franchise as Magizoologist Newt Scamander. Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol, and Katherine Waterston, also star. Jude Law joined the cast of the second movie as a young Albus Dumbledore, with Johnny Depp portraying his friend-turned-enemy Grindlewald. Though it isn’t confirmed, most of these actors are expected to return in the third entry, the title of which has not yet been disclosed.
After some really expensive flops, like ‘Justice League’ Warner Brothers has started nurturing its big pictures and giving them all the time they need to come together. Even with a later start date, the third ‘Fantastic Beasts’ film is still expected to open on November 20, 2020.
The one film that may be impacted by this delay is ‘The Flash’, which will star Ezra Miller, who also appears as Creedence Barebone in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movies. Warner Brothers has been hoping to produce a solo ‘Flash’ movie for years, but it has been plagued with complications, losing several writers and directors. At this time, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are attached to co-direct, but there has been little news about this project in some time, but there had been hope that it might start filming in the fall, after Miller finished working on ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’. But there had been no real indication that ‘The Flash’ was locked, so at worst, it will just be pushed back to 2020.
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