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'Harry Potter' Spin-Off 'Fantastic Beasts' Set to Become a Film Trilogy

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March 31, 2014
Source: New York Times

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Though adaptation of the principal books in J.K. Rowling's best-selling Harry Potter franchise may be done, Warner Bros. wasn't leaving behind their magical world for long. Last fall, the studio announced they had picked up the spin-off book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as a way to keep the magic alive. The film would begin in New York, 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter films, and follow the book's author Newt Scamander as he researches various magical creatures of the wizarding world we all know. But The New York Times has learned this will be much more than one single feature film adventure.

Speaking with the paper Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara revealed that this new spin-off will actually be a trilogy of films (with the source calling them "three megamovies"). Rowling, who is adapting her own book for the screen this time, said it was Tsujihara who convinced her to let the studio adapt the small book. "When I say he made Fantastic Beasts happen, it isn’t P.R.-speak but the literal truth. 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!" While we know Warner Bros. couldn't just let Harry Potter go, we hope all this planning for a new trilogy is worthy of the franchise. Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments

1

One can only hope that it won't be as boring as the Hobbit trilogy

dawko on Mar 31, 2014

2

if you are 10 years old it is great news...

Avi on Mar 31, 2014

3

This is awesome.

Xerxexx on Mar 31, 2014

4

I have a feeling this'll not be that great. Draggy just like The Hobbit trilogy.

Ronnie Deori on Mar 31, 2014

5

Score 1 for Gryffindor!

DAVIDPD on Mar 31, 2014

6

My kids will love this. Me? Between the films themselves and the product tie-ins, posters, Xbox games, pajamas, I-Can-Read books, comic adaptations, Halloween costumes, action figures and the inevitable shitty plastic Taiwanese toys at Burger King with batteries that last two days - I will be eyeing my wallet mournfully

denverchris on Mar 31, 2014

7

"...as a way to keep the magic money alive." FTFY

cobrazombie on Mar 31, 2014

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