Warner Bros. Announces Another Harry Potter Movie (Sort Of)
Thanks to Hollywood’s crippling inability to let any wildly profitable franchise end gracefully (see: Pirates of the Caribbean 5), Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling have teamed up once again for another movie to take place in the Harry Potter universe.
The movie will be based on the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which Rowling published IRL in 2001. The film will follow the exploits of author Newt Scamander; Rowling herself is set to write the screenplay. A Warner Bros. statement announcing the film threatens the film “is planned as the first picture in a new film series.”
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling. “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”
Actually, you know what, get Sam Rockwell in this thing and I’m on board.