Second 'Fantastic Beasts' movie coming in Nov 2018, studio says

Wed Aug 3, 2016 10:04pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - The second movie in the Harry Potter spin-off series "Fantastic Beasts" will be released in November 2018, Hollywood movie studio Warner Bros said on Wednesday, promising "much more on the horizon" from the boy-wizard franchise.

British author J.K. Rowling will write the script for the second movie as she did for the first and David Yates, who directed the last four "Harry Potter" films, will direct, Warner Bros said in a statement.

The movie, yet to be titled, is part of a three-movie deal based on Rowling's book "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," a prequel to her best-selling "Harry Potter" books. The first movie, starring Eddie Redmayne, will be released on Nov. 18, 2016.

Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, a 'magizoologist' who arrives in New York in 1926 with a case of magical creatures that escape, wreak havoc and face threats from the non-magical humans in the city.

Ahead of San Diego's Comic-Con event last month, Yates teased that a familiar character from the "Harry Potter" stories will return in "Fantastic Beasts."

"There is a mention of some characters that we know and love from previous movies, but we only talk about them fleetingly," Yates told Reuters.

"In the next movie, part two, we'll get to meet one of them in a significant way. He's much younger than he used to be, but he'll be coming back."

In June, Yates said Rowling already had ideas for the third "Fantastic Beasts" film and said he relished not having to adapt the new stories from books.

"When we adapted the books, we'd always have to leave out things you hated leaving out because they didn't quite work in the structure of the storytelling for the movie," he said.   Continued...

 
Author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers at a gala performance of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child parts One and Two, in London, Britain July 30, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall/File Photo