From Textbook to Movie Franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Will Be Stretched To Three Movies.
J.K. Rowling’s 54-page textbook will be a movie trilogy, Warner Bros. recently announced. The decision is akin to New Line Cinema’s decision to turn The Hobbit, a 300-page novel, into a movie trilogy.
It's clear that Warner is interested in creating a monster franchise (no pun intended) that will keep their pockets full as they continue with more ambitious projects, including the onslaught of DC movies coming our way.
No official dates have been released yet, but we can expect the first entry for "Fantastic Beasts" to be at least a few years away. If the first movie does poorly, however, you can probably expect Warner to say "never mind" to bringing back the Potter franchise.
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The movie itself will apparently take place in New York, 70 years before the events of Harry Potter. Warner has made it clear, however, that the movie will not serve as a prequel or sequel, just a spinoff property. Newt Scamander, a "magizoologist" and author of the textbook that exists within the Harry Potter universe, will serve as the main character.