JK Rowling is writing the screenplay for the new film, following the adventures of “magizoologist” Newt Scamander.
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 when the project was announced last year.
The upcoming movie might be the first in a franchise. Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara told The New York Times earlier this year that the plan was to follow in the footsteps of the successful Potter franchise and make three “megamovies”.
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