After its announcement back in September, little details were revealed about the highly anticipated Harry Potter spin-off series entitled ‘Fantastic Beasts’. However, The New York Times have reported that the 2001 book will in fact be made into a trilogy, starting with the film of the same name ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’
The news was revealed via a report by NY Times on the Warner Bros’ CEO Kevin Tsujihara, the man who reportedly persuaded Rowling to take the Fantastic Beasts book to the big screen. The report suggests that Warner Bros. are planning “three megafilms” with the hopes of “[building] a film franchise.”
This will be music to the ears of Harry Potter fans after JK Rowling was seemingly hard to persuade to re-produce Fantastic Beasts as a movie, let alone three chapters. The book was just 54 pages long, making the announcement of a trilogy a surprising revelation, but one which will be welcomed. Released in 2001, it was published in-between the fourth and fifth editions of the critically acclaimed Harry Potter series.
Courtesy of Variety, Rowling spoke of her dealings with Tsujihara,
“When I say he made ‘Fantastic Beasts’ happen, it isn’t P.R.-speak but the literal truth. We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call and then I got out the rough draft that I’d thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting!”