David Yates to direct “Fantastic Beasts”, plus more news from Warner Bros. on the upcoming films!

With Warner Bros. having presented information to its investors at parent company Time Warner’s Investor Meeting this morning, we now know that David Yates will be directing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Yates, who directed the final four Harry Potter films, was previously only in talks to direct Fantastic Beasts and will be joining producer David Heyman on the project. As the Hollywood Reporter writes,

Fantastic Beasts is a massive undertaking for [Warner Bros.], which is keen on keeping the magic of Potter alive beyond the initial eight-movie franchise, which grossed more than $7.6 billion worldwide. When announcing the Fantastic Beasts partnership with Rowling in September 2013, [Warner Bros.] said the property was being developed across video game, consumer product and digital initiative businesses.

Meanwhile, it has also been reported by /Film that Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara has said that the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films will be “at least” a trilogy, with the release dates for the second and third films slated for 2018 and 2020, respectively.

From the official Time Warner press release:

The Studio will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s original story and screenwriting debut, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’. Set in an extension of her familiar wizarding world, featuring magical creatures and characters inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook and its fictitious author, Newt Scamander, ‘Fantastic Beasts’ will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, and reunite the filmmaking team of David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.

Although it is unknown what roles Kloves and Wigram will have in the filmmaking process, Kloves wrote the screenplays for all of the Harry Potter films except Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Wigram served as an executive producer for the last four films.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them currently has a release date of November 18, 2016.

Are you excited for these new developments? Will it make you more likely to see the film? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!

  • soniadelvalle

    I literally cannot even. What a waste.

  • Upset

    3 films? That’s ridiculous. WHY? They’re going to ruin JKR’s pure genius.

  • Kat

    I am personally jazzed for this. I mostly enjoyed Yates’ treatment of the films, and can’t wait to see what he does with fresh source material. Bring it on!

  • Potter fan

    This is not good news. Yates doesn’t adapt Jo’s work well. I think he’s a highly overrated director. WB have made a mistake here, the movies could have so much more than they’ll turn out to be. Jo deserves better, so do the fans.

    • soniadelvalle

      I totally agree. I was thinking somone like Tom Hooper, even Chris Colombus to bring back the magic, but they are choosing mediocrity.

    • Fifth_Marauder7

      just so you know, Yates has never directed something from Jo herself. He directed what was ON THE SCRIPT, which was written by Steve Kloves, not her. This time, it’s coming from Jo herself, and it’s not like he can mess up to much when we don’t really have anything to go off of (yes i know it was a textbook, but it’s not really a story)

      • Laura B

        Yates like to interfere with the script so he can mess up. He messed up with the four movies he worked on.

        • AJD1984

          The scripts for the Harry Potter films still had to be approved by Jo herself even after David Yates “interfered” with them so you can’t really put the blame on him if they were approved by Jo. They were still the best 4 of the lot.

        • Fifth_Marauder7

          okay, but what im trying to say is that he doesn’t know what this story is about.. and frankly, no one other than Jo, Steve Kloves, and David Heyman will know.

      • soniadelvalle

        He’s just a poor director. The movies have potential but Yates is simply not a good ‘Potter’ director and since those are the only films he has directed… well.

  • Ethan D.A.

    I don’t doubt Jo. I think not even WE have any idea just how many boxes of notebooks she has full of material waiting to be realized. If it’s a trilogy, it’s because she’s confident there’s enough interesting stuff to make a trilogy. Now, I’M more interested in other potential prequel films, particularly “Albus” 😉

    I also think that Yates served the elongated maturity of Potter well. And this movie will not be centered around tweens, so I think it works.

  • Phoenix1

    When they say trilogy, they mean the other 2 books – Quidditch through the Years and Tales of Beadle the Bard…not a trilogy for just Fantastic Beasts. It sure going to take a long time to get them done.

    • Eduardo

      Actually, they mean that the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be adpatde into three movies. About Beedle, the Bard and Quidditch through the ages, as far as we know, there are no current plans for them.

  • Eduardo

    When they say “The Studio will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s original story and screenwriting debut”, are they implying that Jo is only writing the first screenplay? Or am I reading this wrong?

    • Pudding

      That’s what I thought too! But it doesn’t say that they’re using her screenplay at all. It just says it’s “based” on it. What if they don’t use her actual screenplay!

  • B. Ferrell

    Yates ruined every Potter film he directed. Please get someone else, anyone else.

  • Michelle

    Evanesco to my excitement.

  • guest

    I cannot believe there are people that still think Yates Potter films were good. Even if you haven’t read the books there a disjointed mess with the most anti climatic ending in the history of any film franchise. How is he getting his hands on this trilogy? surely there is someone better than him. His only ever previous work were the Potter films. I mean ffs this has to be a joke.