Fans of the ‘Harry Potter‘ books and movie franchise have been a bit disappointed with the “Fantastic Beasts” series. I have to agree. I like the story, it’s a fun romp in the world of magic among us. Yet, it just doesn’t have the same appeal, the draw, that special something that made us root for Harry, Hermione, and Ron. Back in February 2019, now former Warner Bros. executive Kevin Tsujihara admitted that he agreed, at least with regard to the ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ and noted that he was working on making the story better:
“The second film didn’t perform as well as the first, but I think we know what we need to do to get the third film hopefully even better than the first one. And J.K. Rowling is really working hard now on that third script, and we’re going to get it right. She has an incredible vision of where she wants to go with this that is incredibly exciting. The hardest part of the franchise is you have such a big core fan base. That fan base really knows the lore and they want to go deep into these characters. But what you don’t want to do is intimidate people. You want to be able to create a stand-alone movie that’s enjoyable for someone who isn’t steeped in the lore.”
Even though he may not have the same influence he once did, I still have high hopes that his intent will carry forward. It appears that Eddie Redmayne, the actor who plays protagonist Newt Scamander in the films, has caught the enthusiasm for ramping the story up. He recently gushed:
“Well, we’re meant to start shooting in the beginning of next year. The script is still being worked on. That’s nothing — I’m literally giving you nothing! I’m trying to do that thing of talking about it and saying nothing, because of the fear of getting told off. But no, it’s happening, and it’s really exciting.”
‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ is supposed to be released on November 12, 2021. That’s still a long way off so we’ll see if it holds.
Source: Cinema Blend