J.K. Rowling Completes Fantastic Beasts Script, Filming Starts Next Year

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file_123754_0_fantasticbeastsJ.K. Rowling has completed the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first film in Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming trilogy, producer David Heyman told The Telegraph.

At the premiere of his new film, Paddington, Heyman said that “Jo [Rowling] has written a wonderful script. It’s early stages. David Yates is directing and we start filming next year. I’m just really excited about it.”

The November 18, 2016 release is inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander. Set in the wizarding world, the story will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans. 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.

The second and third “Fantastic Beasts” films are scheduled for release on November 16, 2018 and November 20, 2020.