J.K. Rowling has revealed that she has finished the screenplay for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2. The first film in the Harry Potter prequel series released last year and went on to make $814 million at the worldwide box office. Naturally, fans of the new series of films based on Rowling's highly original Wizarding World are no doubt eager to see where its author will take viewers next.
With a 2018 release set for the as-yet unnamed sequel, the second of five films in the series, things are going to start hotting up on the production. Details are thin on the ground, but Rowling, who with the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them went from source author to screenwriter, has now revealed the script is done.
Rowling was asked on Twitter by a fan about the status of Fantstic Beasts 2, to which the author responded saying she had finished the screenplay recently.
Yes, I have, but I CAN'T TELL YOU ANYTHING YET, WOMAN. https://t.co/PzpjjL0OiR
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 28, 2017
It's definitely exciting to learn that things are moving along swiftly behind the scenes of Fantastic Beasts 2, which would put everything on track for the planned production start date of August 2017.
Little is known about the specifics of the now-finished script, but by the sound of things Beasts 2 will further expand and explore the many narrative territories the first film flirted with (although plot rumors suggest several subplots from the first film will come to the fore). David Yates is back in the director's chair and is bringing Jude Law into the fold as young Albus Dumbledore. Things are sure to get interesting with the introduction of the iconic character at a time when the Hogwarts headmaster-to-be was the sitting professor of Transfiguration. Indeed, this side of the story is set to be the main focus of the sequel, with Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander expected to take a smaller role.
Despite the box office haul and becoming the first film in the franchise to win an Oscar, the Fantastic Beasts got a mixed reception from fans and No-Maj's alike, so the pressure is on the sequel to really bring the magic and prove the prequel enterprise as a worthy part of the canon.
Source: J.K. Rowling
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Fantastic Beasts 2 (2018) release date: Nov 16, 2018