Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Warner Bros. is betting big on J.K. Rowling and the world of Harry Potter. We already knew the first spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by Rowling and directed by David Yates, would be out on November 18, 2016. We also knew it was the first in a planned trilogy. But Wednesday, we learned much more.

Kevin Tsujihara, the CEO of Warner Bros., announced Wednesday the series will be “at least” a trilogy and that the second and third installments will be released in 2018 and 2020. Read more about the Fantastic Beasts trilogy below. Read More »

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Harry Potter series director David Yates will return to JK Rowling’s magical world, helming the Harry Potter spin-off movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Yates is a longtime member of the Potter film series, having directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. More information on the adaptation and the Fantastic Beasts director, after the jump.

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The director of the final four Harry Potter films has finally locked and loaded his follow up. David Yates has been prepping a big screen, big budget, 3D version of Tarzan at Warner Bros. for so long, the company once came close to canceling it. That all went away Tuesday as he finally signed his cast and got his release date. That date is July 1, 2016 and, as previously reported, True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård will play the lead, Wolf of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie is Jane, Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz is the bad guy and Samuel L. Jackson is a friend of the heroRead More »

Margot Robbie in The Wolf of Wall Street

Warner Bros.’ Tarzan has found its Jane. Margot Robbie is in talks to play the female lead in the big-budget Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation, opposite Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan. David Yates is directing.

Meanwhile, she’s also entered talks to star in Craig Zobel‘s Z for Zachariah, replacing previously cast star Amanda Seyfried. In that one, she’ll be starring alongside Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Hit the jump for more details on both of her upcoming projects.

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David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films, has been bouncing back and forth between various possible Potter follow-ups for some time. Warner Bros. was working hard to keep Yates around, and finally set him to make a new Tarzan project; he was also working on films such as The Stand and an Al Capone movie. There was even talk of Yates making a Doctor Who film.

In the end Yates’ first post-Potter project will be the pilot for the FX show Tyrant, which he took over after Ang Lee bailed on directing. But after Tarzan he may do some comic book material. Yates is attached to direct an adaptation of the Image Comics espionage series Who Is Jake Ellis? by Nathan Edmonson and Tonci Zonjic.

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Christoph Waltz and Emma Stone Eyed for ‘Tarzan’

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After mixing it up with a good guy role in Django Unchained, Christoph Waltz could head back to the dark side for Tarzan. Warner Bros. and director David Yates reportedly want Waltz to play the villain in the big-budget adventure, opposite Alexander Skarsgard as the King of the Jungle.

Meanwhile, the studio is also getting serious about casting for the female lead role of Jane, with Emma Stone and Margot Robbie among the names being eyed. Hit the jump to get the info on Waltz’s character and more.

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Scarface / David Yates

Say the word “Scarface,” and what probably comes to mind are mobsters, shootouts, dubious morals, and copious amounts of illicit substances. What probably doesn’t come up are kid wizards, friendly elves, and butterbeer. Unless, that is, you’re at Universal.

The studio’s been planning a remake of the gangster classic Scarface for a couple of years now, and now they’re zeroing in on a director. David Yates, best known for helming the last four Harry Potter films, is reportedly in final talks to take over the movie. Hit the jump for the latest updates on the project.

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David Yates Takes Over FX Pilot ‘Tyrant’

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Losing a multiple Oscar-winner for your project is never a good thing. But, replacing him with a guy responsible for billions in box office isn’t bad. That’s what happening on the FX pilot Tyrant. Ang Lee was set to direct the first episode of the show, which is about “an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation” but he dropped out. He’ll now be replaced by David Yates. He directed the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth Harry Potter films, which grossed over $4 billion worldwide. Read More »

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