With the upcoming release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Warner Bros. is back in the incredibly lucrative Harry Potter business.
But for how long?
There have been a number of as-yet-untitled movies on Warner’s production slate, and the rumor has been that there would be at least two more Fantastic Beasts films.
Warner Bros. chief Ken Tsujihara even said as much back when the first announcement was made, although there has been some confusion about the status of the property since. Now, author J.K. Rowling has confirmed the trilogy is a go.
You heard wrong, I'm afraid. #CursedChild is a play. #FantasticBeasts will be 3 movies, though! https://t.co/7tvw4rolcR
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 29, 2016
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them will be released in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.
By Russ Burlingame