Did Warner Bros. Date More 'Harry Potter' & 'LEGO Movie' Sequels?
by Ethan Anderton
August 7, 2014
Along with yesterday's barrage of dates staked out by Warner Bros. Pictures for their DC Comics cinematic universe plans, there were two other dates reserved, but not for comic book movies. They were each called Untitled WB Event Film, with no indication of what films they might be. But SlashFilm seems to have a good guess because the dates happen to be November 16th, 2018 and November 20th, 2020. Well, you may recall Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin-off from the Harry Potter franchise, is slated for November 18th, 2016. And it's probably not hard to see where we're going with this. Read on!
It has been said that Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them will be the first film in a trilogy following the book's author Newt Scamander, 70s years before the events of the Harry Potter franchise, as he researches various magical creatures of the wizarding world we all know. And it would make sense for there to be two years between each film, just like the individual Marvel superhero franchises have been doing, and just like Disney plans to do with Star Wars. This is just an educated guess at this point, but we're betting that's the plan at Warner Bros.
And that's not the only advance planning Warner Bros. revealed yesterday. Late last night, the studio also staked out May 25th, 2018 and May 24th, 2019 for two untitled animated films. If these films are slated for Memorial Day weekend dates, it's likely that these are big movies, and THR has learned that these two films are likely follow-ups to The LEGO Movie. A sequel to the film from Phil Lord & Chris Miller is already in the works and slated for release on May 26th, 2017 and a spin-off focusing on LEGO Ninjago is also on the way and expected to hit theaters on September 23rd, 2016. So what are these two films?
Well, the studio might be trying to get a jump start on The LEGO Movie 3 for 2019, which would mean the short two-year turnaround between sequels (that's short for animated films) wouldn't be hard to overcome. And the same could be said if the 2018 date is being reserved for a LEGO Ninjago sequel, which is what THR hypothesizes. This sounds a little too shaky to actually lock down as fact for now though. Maybe Warner Bros. has some other LEGO ideas they're trying to get off the ground. We just hope the studio doesn't ruin what was great about the first film with all these LEGO spin-offs