We can’t believe that in just over a month we’ll *finally* get to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the latest film to venture into the Wizarding World created by J.K. Rowling.
The film, which is released on November 16th (SO SOON) and is said to be the first in a new trilogy(!), is set in the 1920’s, years and years before Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and follows the adventures of Newt Scamander, a wizard with a magical suitcase, as he touches down in New York.
While not too much is known about the film’s plot, we do know that Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, will encounter all sorts of magical and non-magical people, and there’s a whole bunch of weird and wonderful creatures that cause havoc on New York.
Of course, when a film like Fantastic Beasts… is announced, people are always wondering who might direct it. The previous Potter films had a multitude of people who lead the charge on them, but it was David Yates, who directed the last four films in the series, that ended up bagging the gig.
To us, this makes perfect sense. David was responsible for helping shift the Potter films into adult territory, and he added a darker aesthetic to the films that really resonated.
Now, David Yates has explained why he decided to sign on board for Fantastic Beasts… and it’ll make you super excited.
Speaking to Collider, David said that it was J.K. Rowling’s script that captivated him and encouraged him to return to the franchise.
OMG – this has us completely freaking out. We knew that Rowling’s screenplay would probably be good, but now we’ve read this we can’t wait to see what she’s come up with.
David went on to say that he found that fact there was no previous books or story to base the new film off of was “liberating.”
The acclaimed director, who recently helped re-boot the Tarzen franchise with Alexander Skarsgård in The Legend of Tarzan, then gushed about working with Rowling.
Literally, this sounds like our DREAM. While we’d be super nervous about giving THE J.K. Rowling notes on anything because she’s a literal queen, the idea that we’d get to work with her and get to experience her mind first hand is almost too much to bear.
David also teased some of the major themes in the movie, and it sounds pretty relatable, tbh.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in theatres on November 16th.