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David Yates set to direct Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts

08.21.2014

Warner Bros will return to the world of Harry Potter in the new series FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM and will do so under the leadership of a familiar director. David Yates, who helmed the last four films in the wizarding franchise has been tapped to direct the spin-off/prequel film.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Yates is in negotiations to helm the film, but I would think this is a no-brainer for everyone involved. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is writing the screenplay for the film which will be set 70 years before HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCEROR'S STONE. The film will take place in New York and center on Newton Artemis Fido Scamander, author of the titular textbook on the magical creatures that populate the fictional world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Yates is currently filming TARZAN with TRUE BLOOD'S Alexander Skarsgard, Christoph Waltz, and Margot Robbie for Warner Bros. I would assume that with an already announced release of 2016 that FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM would begin as soon as that project wraps. This spin-off represents a big deal for Warner Bros as they continue to expand the Harry Potter series in any way possible. If it were not for the involvement of Rowling and now Yates, I am not as sure I would be comfortable with the project, but I trust they will make it a legitimate film and not a greedy cash grab.

Now, let the casting begin!

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7:17PM on 08/21/2014
Hm... Okay, but I liked it better when Alfonso Cuaron said he would direct if Warner asked him.
Hm... Okay, but I liked it better when Alfonso Cuaron said he would direct if Warner asked him.
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7:17PM on 08/21/2014
What's up with all these fake trailers for this movie?
What's up with all these fake trailers for this movie?
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6:33PM on 08/21/2014
The Potter series was at its strongest when they mixed it up with directors. Things got turgid and tedious when Yates signed a multi-film deal. Keep it fresh - give this to someone new.
The Potter series was at its strongest when they mixed it up with directors. Things got turgid and tedious when Yates signed a multi-film deal. Keep it fresh - give this to someone new.
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6:31PM on 08/21/2014
Should be great. Wonder where the New York wizarding school will be. Westchester? Maybe they'll film it here too.
Should be great. Wonder where the New York wizarding school will be. Westchester? Maybe they'll film it here too.
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7:15PM on 08/21/2014
Yes, it is in Westchester, and is called Xavier's School for the Gifted. Oh, wait, that's not it....
Yes, it is in Westchester, and is called Xavier's School for the Gifted. Oh, wait, that's not it....
5:31PM on 08/21/2014
With JK writting the screenplays and Yates directing, these can only be great. Can't Wait!
With JK writting the screenplays and Yates directing, these can only be great. Can't Wait!
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4:05PM on 08/21/2014
Sounds like the Hobbit prequel trilogy
Sounds like the Hobbit prequel trilogy
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