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J.K. Rowling Gives 'Fantastic Beasts' Script Progress Update

Warner Bros. is moving forward with a spinoff of the Harry Potter franchise, titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The movie tells the story of the wizard who authored the eponymous Hogwarts textbook, Newt Scamander, and is being scripted by Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, with David Yates - director on the final four Potter movies - lined up as its helmsman. Fantastic Beasts, if all goes to plan, will kickoff a new film trilogy, and WB has already reserved release dates in 2018 and 2020 that could wind up going to said sequels.

Production on Fantastic Beasts isn't expect to begin until 2015, in part because Yates first needs to finish shooting a new Tarzan movie - scheduled to be released by WB in Summer 2016 - before he makes the return trip to the Wizarding World. Meanwhile, it looks as though Rowling is still in the process of finishing the Fantastic Beasts movie screenplay, judging by this recent Tweet from her verified Twitter account:

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J.K. Rowling Gives 'Fantastic Beasts' Script Progress Update