The film adaptation for J.K. Rowling‘s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first in a trilogy. Rowling wrote the companion book, a spinoff from the Harry Potter series, and made her screenplay debut with the forthcoming film.
The first film is set to hit U.S. theaters on November 18, 2016. Rowling has been working ahead and has completed the script for the sequel, reports GSNews.
Fantastic Beasts director David Yates sped us up on the plans, saying, “We’ve done the first one, and she’s written the second one. She’s got ideas for the third one.”
Yates directed four of the Harry Potter films including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010) and Part 2 (2011).
He talks about adapting the Harry Potter series to film in the interview, saying, “When we adapted the books, you would always have to leave out things that you hated leaving out because they didn’t quite work within the structure of the storytelling for the movie or the movie would just go far too long.”
Yates describes what it’s like collaborating with Rowling as a screenwriter for the Fantastic Beasts series, saying, “With this it’s just pure Jo [Rowling] from the first page to the last page.”
It’s great to know the process is moving along. If you missed it, we meet the wizard Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in the trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. He’s just arrived to New York City with some magical creatures in his case:
Yates also directed the recently released film The Legend of Tarzan (July 1), starring Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie and Samuel L. Jackson.
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