Warner Bros. has just made a huge announcement! While we had speculated that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be a trilogy, we never had confirmation—until now.
Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced that the Fantastic Beasts project will be “at least a trilogy,” leaving room for further films in the franchise after 2020. So it’s looking like Harry Potter isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. (Thankfully!) The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movies, based on the 2001 novel by J.K. Rowling, will be released in 2016, 2018, and 2020—leaving two years between each one.
Taking popular books and bleeding them dry all over the big screen has become the norm in Hollywood. And we’re not complaining. Why not make and sell something that already has a massive fan base? There’s still room for new stuff.
CEO Kevin Tsujihara told Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them may actually end up being much more than a trilogy.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be “at least a trilogy,” says Tsujihara. First 3 movies in 2016, 2018 and 2020
— Ben Fritz (@benfritz) October 15, 2014
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer recently announced that Twilight is making a comeback via a Facebook-exclusive series of female-directed short films. While we understand the angle they’re coming from, we do think Twilight could have done something similar. Their fan base is wildly passionate and there’s no doubt that more Twilight feature films would have done extremely well. But we’ll hold out to see these Facebook short films before we say too much. Surely they’ll do something great with it.
For now, we’re just happy that we’re being given the opportunity to step back into the world of Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling is passionate about what she does, and we’re sure these films will be great. In fact, she’s currently hard at work on the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.
Now, I’m off to continue with my Harry Potter marathon. (Not kidding—I was really in the middle of a Harry Potter marathon when this news dropped.)