David Yates Confirmed to Direct Fantastic Beasts Sequel


David Yates Confirmed to Direct Fantastic Beasts Sequel

David Yates confirmed to direct Fantastic Beasts sequel

Warner Bros. has announced that it’s sticking to tradition with the upcoming “Harry Potter” spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by revealing director David Yates will helm the sequel to the film, previously set for release on November 16. 2018. In addition to the upcoming film, Yates previously directed the final four Harry Potter films.

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Series creator J.K. Rowling will once again write the script, which Yates previously revealed had already been written.

“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 EW. “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.”

A third Fantastic Beasts movie is also already set for release on November 20, 2020.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Jenn Murray, Jon Voight, Carmen EjogoGemma Chan and newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove.

The story opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is being produced by David Heyman, producer of all eight of the blockbuster Harry Potter features; J.K. Rowling; Steve Kloves, who scripted all but one of the Harry Potter films; and Lionel Wigram, who served as an executive producer on the last four installments of the franchise. Rowling herself is supplying the screenplay.

Warner Bros. Pictures has the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them set for a worldwide release in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016. 

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