“Harry Potter” Spinoff Will Be Movie Trilogy
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin off of the Harry Potter books, is to be made into a movie trilogy.
JK Rowling’s book of the same name was published in 2001. Rowling is, of course, the author of the Harry Potter books.
A recently published New York Times profile of Kevin Tsujihara, CEO of Warner Bros, revealed that “three mega movies, ” in which the protagonist is a magizoologist named Newt Scamander” are currently planned.
According to Rowling’s interview with the Times, Tsujihar played a major role in getting the project on the fast tracks.
“We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call, and then I got out the rough draft that I’d thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting,” she said in the interview.
Calling it an “expanded creative partnership” with Rowling, Warner Bros had first announced the project last September.
Although Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is firmly embedded within the magic and wizard universe, Rowling insists the story is nether a sequel nor prequel to the Harry Potter series. Rather, she sees it as an extension of the wizarding world. The story of the protagonist, a magiczoologist named Newt Scamander, begins seventy years before the start of Harry Potter’s adventures.