J.K. Rowling Announces ‘Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them’ Will Be Trilogy

Well, your next three years are sorted.

It has now been confirmed that “three megamovies are planned” based on the life and times of well-known textbook author and much respected Magizoologist Newton Artemis Fido Scamander.

And who, besides J.K. Rowling, do we have to thank for these three mega movies? Kevin Tsujihara, of course. In a NY Times profile of Tsujihara, C.E.O. of Warner Bros., it was confirmed that the 54 page book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would become a film franchise screenwritten by Rowling herself.

In the same profile Rowling commented on Tsujijara’s influence in getting the ball rowling: “When I say he made ‘Fantastic Beasts’ happen, it isn’t P.R.-speak but the literal truth. 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!”

Rowling has said of her screenwriting debut that “although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 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.”

Looks like the LOTR x Hobbit model works.

Read the full profile here.

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