If you're a Harry Potter fan, then the good news just keeps on coming! First, on July 31st, the eighth story was released in the form of a script: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. And now, a sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been announced …before the first film in the series has even debuted.
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Warner Bros. has recently confirmed that a sequel to Fantastic Beasts isn't only in the works, but will officially hit theaters on November 16, 2018. The first film, starring Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne, will premiere later this fall.
This sequel will offer a bit of nostalgia, as J.K. Rowling is set to write the screenplay, with David Yates tapped to direct. Rowling made her screenplay debut with the first Fantastic Beasts flick, which is based on her novel of the same name. Yates directed the final four Harry Potter films, as well as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. A third flick has also been mentioned, which will create a Fantastic Beasts trilogy.
And while Harry Potter is vacant from this new project, that doesn't mean witch and wizard fanatics will be disappointed. Redmayne portrays Newt Scamander, who was mentioned in passing in Rowling's Potter books. Scamander's story actually takes place decades before the start of "The Boy Who Lived" series. However, the Wizarding World and Muggle World are still at play, with the sequel believed to explore dark elements of the former world.
The third film in the trilogy is planned for a November 2020 release.
Warner Bros. is obviously expecting a major box office hit with the first Fantastic Beasts; however, that shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The eight films that make up the Harry Potter series went on to gross over $7.7 billion worldwide. Specifically, the final installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, grossed over a billion dollars just on its own.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is sure to be ideal for any Potter fan.