“Harry Potter” director David Yates in talks to return for “Fantastic Beasts”

It seems like more and more of the old crowd is returning to help bring J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to the screen.

David Yates, who directed Order of the PhoenixHalf-Blood PrinceDeathly Hallows – Part 1, and Deathly Hallows – Part 2, has reportedly agreed to return to direct the Fantastic Beasts film, Variety reports.

Reports indicate that no firm deal has been reached but that both parties are in negotiating talks.

We already know that Potter producer David Heyman has jumped on board for the Fantastic Beasts film, which will be penned by Rowling herself. These reports of Yates signing on come not long after Alfonso Cuarón confirmed he will not be directing the film, despite earlier rumors.

The film, which will show Rowling’s wizarding world several decades before Harry’s story, is currently set for a November 18, 2016, release. Recent rumors indicate the confirmed second and third films could release on November 16, 2018, and November 20, 2020.

Yates obviously has a strong connection to Rowling’s world, having brought to life the final four films in the Potter franchise. However, the subject matter in Fantastic Beasts, which will presumably follow the life and adventures of Newt Scamander, will be quite different. Of course, these are still early reports, and we will keep following for a firm confirmation.

What do you think of Yates returning to possibly direct Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?

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  • soniadelvalle


  • Brian


    Look, I have nothing against Yates. He’s a talented filmmaker and I think he did a better job with the last four Potters than he generally gets credit for, especially among HP fans. They’re handsome and elegant productions, and despite a handful of nagging issues (especially in Deathly Hallows: Part 2), he generally made a worthy attempt of capturing the spirit of the story and the characters.

    But I was hoping for something different from this Fantastic Beasts movie. Something to really justify a return to this world. Something weird and wild and wonderful to compare to the darker and more sobering nature of the last few Harry Potter stories. When the Cuaron rumors started, I thought “Yeah! That could be fun!”. I don’t think Yates has it in him. I just read his name and suddenly in my imagination of what this movie might be, the colors dropped, the camera stopped moving, the music cooled down, and the actors started taking on the entire weight of the world on their shoulders. I don’t think he can help himself. I worry that we’re in for another glum view of the wizarding world. I hope he does and that a trailer surprises me. Even if it doesn’t, hell, I’ll probably still go and check it out like everybody else. Just can’t find a lot of silver linings right now. =/

  • Snatch The Snitch

    Ugh…my anticipation for these movies just went down substantially

  • Anon

    This is news I hoping not to hear. I don’t think he’s a very good director.

  • House of Black

    I can only hope that someone else offers him a giant bag of money to do something else (though it doesn’t seem as if anyone is queuing up to do so.) I want someone brand new with a fresh vision for this new series. oh groan, oh sorrow.

  • guest

    This is a joke right?

  • PuPilla

    I don’t really fancy the idea of him directing these films.

  • Icelander

    Oh no, any of them but him!