As this weekend’s release of the script book for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child proved, there’s still a tremendous appetite out there for all things Potter. The assertion will be tested again this fall, albeit a little more ambitiously, with the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a movie set in the Harry Potter universe, but taking place decades before the birth of Potter and set on the other side of the ocean. But there’s reason to be confident in the gambit because Warner Bros. has already said yes to a sequel, and now they’ve said yes to David Yates to follow it up as the sequel’s director.
“We’ve seen the script for Part 2, for the second movie, which takes the story in a whole new direction – as you should, you don’t want to repeat yourself,” Yates told Entertainment Weekly. “The second movie introduces new characters as she builds this part of the Harry Potter universe further. It’s a very interesting development from where we start out. The work is pouring out of her [J.K. Rowling].”
Yates is the obvious choice for a Fantastic Beasts sequel, he’s directed every Harry Potter movie since The Order of the Phoenix; in fact the only thing he’s directed in the last decade that has nothing to do with Harry Potter is this summer’s The Legend of Tarzan. But while a Fantastic Beasts sequel was all but a certainty, this new franchise might still be seen as a gamble because you have to sell the Harry Potter world without its titular hero. Warners announcing so early that Yates will direct the sequel says that they are quite confident that this is going to be another smash success for the studio. Dates have been reserved for two Fantastic Beasts follow-ups for November 16. 2018 and November 20, 2020 respectively.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first one, will be in theaters everywhere on November 18.
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