Announced last September, Fantastic Beasts will be scripted by the Harry Potter author herself, J.K. Rowling. The series will be based off of Rowling’s 2001 book of the same name, and will be set about seventy years before the Harry Potter books, in New York.
This week, we learned more about the film project from Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara’s interview with the New York Times, including that the series will be a trilogy.
From the article:
…His deft touch became clear to Hollywood’s creative community last September. That is when Warner announced that 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.
J.K. Rowling was also quoted in the article about Tsujihara’s convincing to get her to sign on to the films.
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!”
She added, “When Kevin got the top job, he brought a new energy, which rubbed off. He’s a very engaging person, thoughtful and funny.”
No news on casting or a release date have been announced yet for the project, but we’ll keep you up with the latest.