Potterheads celebrated at the news of the latest book-to-film transition of JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series earlier this year, after the world of Harry Potter had been quiet for some time. Now, JK Rowling and actor Eddie Redmayne (or Newt Scamander as we now know him) open up about the truth of the new franchise’s future. It was previously announced that Potter fans will actually have five whole new feature films to keep them on their toes, and Eddie Redmayne is very happy about it. In a recent interview with Variety, he said:
“As an actor, if it’s your dream to tell stories, getting to tell stories within the imagination of one of the greatest storytellers in the world is all you can hope for, really. Long may that continue.”
Apparently JK Rowling and the guys in charge of Fantastic Beasts had originally planned for the film series to be a trilogy, but Rowling has since admitted that somewhere along the way, their plans changed and became even more ambitious. She also told Variety:
“Originally, to tell you the truth, we said a trilogy as a placeholder. We wanted to be honest with people that it was going to be more than one movie, but we were feeling our way. Then, there came a point in the drafting of our story where I said to [Director David Yates], ‘You know, this feels like five movies, and I think I’m pretty certain about that.’”
The author even commented, “It’s pretty ambitious to tell it in five to be honest because we’re spanning 19 years, but I can see an arc to five – so that’s how it happened.”
It looks like Redmayne and the rest of the crew and cast behind Fantastic Beasts will be busy for some time, but from what we’ve seen so far of the first instalment of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, there should be some pretty awesome stuff to come.