Warner Brothers has announced that the third movie in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ series will be out on November 12, 2021. It was previously planned to be released around that same time in 2020, two years after ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’, which was itself released two years after ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’. But reportedly due to the scope of the new picture, which costar Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski) says is “bigger than the first two combined,” production was delayed.
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Well, that wasn’t the only reason. ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ didn’t perform as well as ‘Where to Find Them’. That’s not abnormal, as many franchises lose steam over time, but WB and author J.K. Rowling want to make a total of five movies in this franchise and if they continue to perform weaker and weaker, that’s not really a justifiable goal.
In early March, former WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara said, “J.K. Rowling is really working hard now on that third script, and we’re going to get it right.” (Tsujihara has since stepped down from his position, following a sex scandal.)
Filming on the third ‘Fantastic Beasts’ is set to begin in spring 2020, but not surprisingly, WB did not reveal the title of the new flick, nor where it would be set. We already know that each film will take place on a different continent, with ‘Where to Find Them’ mostly set in New York/North America, and ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ in Paris and Great Britain/Europe.
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There may or may not also be some issues involving Johnny Depp, who has been accused on separate occasions of physical and mental abuse by his ex-wife. There is some buzz that in the wake of the Tsujihara scandal that WB is concerned with remaining associated with Depp. Plus fans hated his casting to begin with. But that’s just hearsay, so it’s pretty unlikely that Grindelwald will get recast between now and next spring.
Check back for more updates as they become available.
Source: Entertainment Weekly