If you thought news that the wizarding world of Harry Potter was set to be revived once again for the cinema was exciting… Well. Think again.
The big screen adaptation of JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is going to be made into not one, not two, but three “megamovies”, Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara told The New York Times.
The three “megamovies”, which are being penned by JK Rowling herself, are set to focus on “magizoologist” Newt Scamander.
“We are incredibly honored that Jo has chosen to partner with Warner Bros. on this exciting new exploration of the world of wizardry which has been tremendously successful across all of our businesses. She is an extraordinary writer, who ignited a reading revolution around the world, which then became an unprecedented film phenomenon. We know that audiences will be as excited as we are to see what her brilliant and boundless imagination conjures up for us,” Tsujihara said, when the new films were announced in September.
The spin-off, which is set before the Boy Who Lived lived, is inspired by Harry’s Hogwarts textbook. Rowling has confirmed that the project is “neither a prequel nor a sequel” to the Harry Potter series and it isn’t expected to star any familiar faces from the hugely successful films.
“The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway,” said Rowling last year.
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