J.K. Rowling Reveals the Fantastic Beasts Franchise is Now Five Movies!

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J.K. Rowling Reveals the Fantastic Beasts Franchise is Now Five Movies!

J.K. Rowling reveals the Fantastic Beasts Franchise is now five movies!

When Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was first announced, it was said to be the start of a trilogy of films, but as most rewarding things work, it has taken on a life of its own. During the  Facebook Live Q&A conducted earlier today for the film, franchise creator J.K. Rowling announced that the franchise has been extended from three movies into five movies.

“I can say one thing, we were doing some script sessions the other day and we always knew it was going to be one movie. We always knew that from the start. We said a trilogy as a placeholder because we knew there would be more than one movie. Now I think we can say, I’ve done the plotting properly so we’re pretty sure it’s going to be five movies.”

The two previously-announced sequels for Fantastic Beasts are already set for release on November 16, 2018 and November 20, 2020. It stands to reason the remaining films will follow a similar release pattern, though this hasn’t been confirmed as of yet.

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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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