2 More ‘LEGO’ Movies & ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequels May Have Release Dates

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The popular subject of discussion yesterday afternoon, movie news-wise, was Warner Bros.’ announcement of release dates for nine DC comic book movies and the studio’s related decision to bump up the launch date for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice by a couple months. However, during all the hustle and bustle, WB also staked out release dates for a pair of “Event Films” and two “Animated Films” that will begin arriving in 2018. Question is, exactly which WB tentpoles have these dates been reserved for?

Well, the popular (and perhaps most reasonable) theory right now is that the “Event Films” are sequels to the upcoming Harry Potter franchise spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The project, which is being written by HP creator J.K. Rowling, will follow magizoologist Newt Scamander as he travels around the Wizarding World and collects information for his encyclopedia on magical creatures (some 70 years before The Boy Who Lived’s time).

Fantastic Beasts is currently scheduled to hit theaters on November 18th, 2016, though WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara has gone ahead and revealed that WB’s plan is to eventually produce a trilogy of Fantastic Beasts movies. The dates reserved for the two WB “Event Films” – November 16th, 2018 and November 20th, 2020 – would make sense as launch pads for the Fantastic Beasts sequels, based on the assumption that the first installment winds up being a sufficient box office success. Of course, it’s also quite possible that these “Even Films” are different and/or as-yet unannounced WB blockbusters unrelated to the Harry Potter brand.

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As for those mystery WB animated films – dated for May 25th, 2018 and May 24th, 2019 – it could be that these dates are for upcoming installments in the studio’s LEGO Movie franchise. Thus far, WB has scheduled Ninjago (a ninja-themed LEGO spinoff) for a Fall 2016 release date, while a direct sequel to The LEGO Movie (by the first LEGO installment’s animation co-director Chris McKay) is set for May 2017. THR is reporting that the 2018 and 2019 dates are, in fact, being reserved for additional installments in the studio’s LEGO cinematic property.

The May 2018 and May 2019 dates would make sense for future installments in the LEGO universe – serving as the first step in the projects’ trip down the pipeline, while also making the release of a new LEGO film an annual tradition for a few years (a la other studios’ animated feature offerings). In an age where franchising is all the rage in Hollywood – be it Universal rebooting its monster cinematic universe or Sony attempting to launch a Spider-Man Shared Universe – WB going this route doesn’t exactly come as a shock.

WB has “Event Films” scheduled for November 16th, 2018 and November 20th, 2020, along with new LEGO films on May 25th, 2018 and May 24th, 2019.

Source: Warner Bros., THR

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  1. Heads up… I believe you meant for the second date in the last sentence to be November 20th, 2020. Just putting it out there in case you wanted to correct it, though I think every one will know what you mean. :)

    • Fixed.

      Thanks!

  2. I am just stupidly happy that ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ will be in US theaters on my birthday, I wish a movie set in ‘The Wizarding World’ like maybe ‘Quidditch’ gets that air date too, yeah silly me.

  3. I just wanna use this opportunity to announce that I’m scheduling two as yet unrevealed Mega Super Duper Event movies for May 16th 2032 and November the 4th 2047. Stay tuned for more details!

    • Those dates will see the opening of the reboots of several Marvel hero movies in a rebooted shared cinematic universe.

  4. Any area of the wizarding world would do it for me! I love it and miss it so much!

    And LEGO’s, can not wait!! Just hope the LEGO movie sequel will be just as good as the first.

  5. My friend finally got me to sit down and watch The Lego Movie.. I’m not gonna lie, it was dope, everything was awesome!

  6. Good news for you,Chris Pratt. You’re about to be RICH AS F**K.