David Yates, the director responsible for the last four Potter movies is in strong negotiations to return to the franchise and direct the upcoming Potter spin-off "Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them".
Yates of course first joined the franchise in its fifth installment with "The Order Of The Phoenix", which wasn't the strongest film in the series but he certainly proved himself with the next three great installments. He blew me away with "Half Blood Prince" and satisfied all of our expectations with the last two "Deathly Hallows" movies.
The 50 year old filmmaker is currently filming his upcoming "Tarzan" film starring Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie and Christoph Waltz. According to a report, Yates is the top contender for the position of director for the first of a planned trilogy of new Potter movies.
The new trilogy is based off a textbook featured in the Potter movies. It will take place around 70 years before the mains series, so don't expect to see Harry, Ron or Hermione. The film will most likely take place in the 1920's and will feature some creatures and characters familiar to fans.
The main character is that of Newt Scamander, a wizard zoologist who will be encountering several different creatures in the wizarding world.
Author J.K Rowling has stated that this new trilogy is "neither a prequel or a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world."
"Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them" is slated to his theaters in November of 2016, so he will most likely be jumping straight off the press tour for Tarzan and going into pre production of "Fantastic Beasts"
Being a fan of the Harry Potter franchise, I'd say this is very good news. Yates directed the three best Potter movies in my opinion, those three being the final three in the series. His tone felt consistent through each four of the movies he directed and I hope its a tone he carries on into this new series.
Harry Potter was a series that captured more than just the fans of the books, it was a worldwide phenomenon and Yates was a rather big piece of that, being the director of four of the films. Yates' films in the franchise were the most commercially successful, so this is a smart move on behalf of Warner Bros.
Alfonso Cuaron was previously rumored to helm the film but that didn't come out to be true, which I'm glad about, I would like to see Cuaron do different things with his films, after he blew us away with Gravity last year.
I think Yates is a safe choice for the film, and its a really good choice as well. This gives me a lot of faith for the upcoming movie, that I previously wasn't very excited for.
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