The news surrounding the ever-expanding Potterverse just keeps rolling in! David Yates announced via The Hollywood Reporter that he’s committing himself to all of the prequel films. Yates of course is the man behind the last 4 Harry Potter films so it’s great to see more continuity with the creative direction of the franchise.
“I love making films,” he told The Hollywood Reporter at the film’s world premiere. He’s also not worried about being overwhelmed by the daunting expectations of Potterheads. “I look at it movie to movie.”
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is also planning on sticking around for all 5 films. She’s written the screenplay for the first, and says she’s putting the “finishing touches” on the second. The first Fantastic Beasts movie was her first screenplay, and now that she’s gotten the first out of the way, she says she’s less intimidated by the next 4. “I’m never complacent.” She said in an interview with THR. “We’ve set ourselves an ambitious story to tell in five movies, but it’s going to be challenging and exciting — all the things I like.” If anyone knows about the challenges of appeasing the Potterverse’s rabid fan-base, it’s the woman that’s responsible for creating it.
I think it’s great that Rowling is writing all 5 movies. It’s also terrific that they plan on using the same director throughout. Many times in big franchises like these (I’m looking at you X-Men) changing directors also changes the tone and quality of the films. I’m someone who’s followed the Harry Potter franchise since it started and I love that Warner Brothers continues to treat the universe with the respect it deserves.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them comes out via Warner Brothers on November 18th.
What do you guys think of the news? Are you glad to see WB is sticking with the same creative team throughout the Fantastic Beasts saga? Join in on the conversation in the comments below!