Are you a fan of Harry Potter? Were you as devastated as I was when it all came to an end? Well, don’t worry, the franchise isn’t completely gone. In fact, JK Rowling has revealed that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – a spinoff, of sorts, to the wizarding series – is actually going to be a trilogy. That’s right, three more FILMS are in the works based off that single book!
From the New York Times profile of Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara:
Ms. Rowling had agreed to adapt for the big screen her “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a 2001 book billed as one of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbooks. Three megamovies are planned. The main character will be a “magizoologist” named Newt Scamander. The stories, neither prequels or sequels, will start in New York about seven decades before the arrival of Mr. Potter and his pals.
Convincing the famously independent Ms. Rowling to dive back into film was a coup. “When I say he made ‘Fantastic Beasts’ happen, it isn’t P.R.-speak but the literal truth,” Ms. Rowling said in response to emailed questions. “We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call, and then I got out the rough draft that I’d thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting!”
Um, AWESOME! I’m not ready – nor have I ever been – to let Harry Potter go, so while this may not involve the characters we’ve become so familiar with over the years, anything that takes place within the wizarding world as we know it is a winner in my books.
What do you think? Will you go to see the movies, or do you think studio execs should let it rest?