‘Harry Potter‘ director David Yates—who directed four of the ‘Harry Potter’ films, including the final ‘Deathly Hallows’ movies—has reportedly agreed to sign on for J.K. Rowling’s first installment of the ‘Harry Potter‘ spinoff trilogy, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’
Insiders have confirmed that no deal has been signed yet, but both sides are currently in negotiations. Warner Bros. has yet to comment on this story.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is based on the ‘Harry Potter’ companion book of the same name, written by J.K. Rowling. Of the movie trilogy, Rowling previously stated:
As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.
Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. 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.
The eight ‘Harry Potter‘ movies grossed more than $7 billion worldwide, making it the highest grossing film franchise of all time.
The first movie in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ trilogy will focus on Newt Scamander (who is the author of the Hogwarts textbook in which the trilogy gets its name from), and is set to make its way to theaters Nov. 18, 2016.