FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM: David Heyman interview

David Heyman has been with the Harry Potter film franchise since its very beginning, producing all eight films released from 2001 through 2011. Now he’s back for the spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is slated to run for a total of five films. In an interview with /Film, Heyman discussed how the project got going, working with J.K. Rowling, the unusual new hero, and the scary appeal of Grindelwald. Plus, a minor update on his Willy Wonka movie. Read our Fantastic Beasts David Heyman interview below.

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David Yates interview / Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Director David Yates is already intimately familiar with the Harry Potter cinematic universe, having helmed four of the eight movies. But Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them offered him a chance to do something a little different within that universe — namely, design a whole new corner of that universe from the ground up. During a recent press day in New York, he spoke with /Film about his hesitation (or rather, lack thereof) to return to the Potterverse, his plans for the sequel, and the deleted Fantastic Beasts scenes we didn’t see in the theatrical cut. Read our full David Yates interview below.
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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them logo

Walking out of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, I found myself confused. This is the first installment of an announced five-film series but the movie somehow feels like a standalone one-off movie. I know critics like to complain about films which seem to exist only to set up a potential franchise, but this felt to me like the exact opposite. As the characters concluded this adventure, I felt like I was shutting the book on their stories. What could the Fantastic Beasts sequels possibly be about? Who might they focus on? Let’s take a deep dive into the Wizarding World to discover what we know and can speculate about the Fantastic Beasts sequels.

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Fantastic Beasts Sequels - Eddie Redmayne

Even though Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) was the main character in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, that doesn’t necessarily mean he will be in the four impending sequels that are set to cover 19 years of narrative time in the wizarding world.

In a recent conversation, franchise producer David Heyman confirmed that Mr. Scamander won’t always be at the center of each movie. Honestly, that’s probably for the best.

Find out more about the Fantastic Beasts sequels after the jump, but beware of major spoilers for the first movie. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts questions

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in theaters now and it’s pretty good! J.K. Rowling‘s latest addition to the wizarding world she meticulously designed with her Harry Potter stories is slight but undeniably charming. While I’m still not sure how she and director David Yates plan to squeeze four more movies out of these characters, it felt good to be back in this familiar world, albeit in a different time period and an ocean away.

And now that the film is out and real people have had the chance to see it, Rowling took to Twitter to answer questions about the film and drop a few small hints about what to expect from future films.

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Fantastic Beasts Sequel Characters

This past weekend, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them dominated the box office by taking in an estimated $75 million. That’s not as big as the primary Harry Potter franchise installments, but it’s still an impressive opening weekend. But even before the box office numbers were in, we knew there would be Fantastic Beasts sequels, four to be exact.

We have already gotten some details on what to expect from Fantastic Beasts 2, including a bigger role for Johnny Depp as the dark wizard Grindelwald, and an unnamed actor as a young Dumbledore (we have some suggestions of our own on that front). And now we have confirmation that a certain character who is only merely referenced in the first Fantastic Beasts movie will have a prominent role in the developing sequel. We’ll let you know who it is after the jump, because it’s a bit of a spoiler for the first movie. Read More »

Who Should Play Young Albus Dumbledore

Even before Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hit theaters this weekend, we knew that the future of what is now a five-film franchise would have a focus on the villainous plans of Gellert Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp. This includes his conflict with Albus Dumbledore, who we know eventually stops him in 1945 thanks to the Harry Potter books.

As such, casting is underway to find an actor other than Michael Gambon to play Albus Dumbledore since the character is roughly 60 years younger in the Fantastic Beasts timeline than he is in the Harry Potter franchise. There haven’t been any names mentioned as being in talks for the role yet, so now that audiences are flocking to see Fantastic Beasts this weekend, we thought we’d propose some potential names for who should play young Albus Dumbledore in the future sequels. Find out who made our list after the jump. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

We may not be getting a new Harry Potter book written by J.K. Rowling anytime soon, but the next best thing has arrived in the form of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. However, is the wizarding world as interesting without any of the signature Harry Potter characters at the center of the story?

The short answer is not exactly, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a thoroughly entertaining extension of the magical franchise, one with just enough wonder to get by, some captivating performances (despite underwhelming characters), and the promise of a build-up to something absolutely epic. Get some extended thoughts on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them after the jump, and chime in with your own reaction in the comments, but beware of MAJOR SPOILERS for the movie from here on out. Read More »

Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin movie

Disney is preparing to return to the Hundred Acre Wood. Last year the studio put into development a live-action Winnie the Pooh project centering on the bear’s human pal Christopher, who’s now all grown up and many years removed from his adventures with Pooh and friends. Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip) was tapped to write, and as of now Marc Forster (World War Z) has been hired to direct Christopher RobinRead More »

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Fantastic Beasts Deleted Scene

The Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in theaters everywhere now, and the movie is on par to make around $75 million in its opening weekend. Granted that’s not as big as any of the Harry Potter franchise films opened, but that’s to be expected when we’re not dealing with many characters that fans aren’t familiar with, and the movie will still be a hit worldwide.

As we know, Warner Bros. Pictures already has four sequels in the works. While the first film doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, it does open up a whole new world of possibilities, and it turns out a deleted scene almost had a more obvious set up for future movies. Director David Yates explained what this Fantastic Beasts deleted scene entailed, but in order to discuss it we have to dive into major spoiler territory, both for this movie and what’s in store for the sequels. So if you want to know more, you’ll have to keep reading after the jump. Read More »