When "Harry Potter" spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" was announced last September, it was still unclear what form the film would take. While specific details are still being kept under wraps, there's at least some new information about "Beasts": it is set to become a trilogy.
The news was revealed in a New York Times profile of Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, which discussed Tsujihara's critical role in convincing author J.K. Rowling to dive back into the Potterverse. Rowling is writing the "Beasts" screenplay, based on her own fictional Hogwarts textbook and its author, Newt Scamander.
The Times piece noted that Tsujihara and Warner Bros. have planned to release "three megamovies" about Scamander, focusing on the magizoologist (a person who studies magical creatures) as a young man in New York City in the early 1900s. Rowling wrote and released a slim version of the "Beasts" textbook in 2001, which included a handful of details about Scamander, including that he played a vital role in the Ministry of Magic -- where he worked with dragons and werewolves -- and eventually became headmaster of Hogwarts.
Rowling told the Times that if it wasn't for Tsujihara's single-handed influence, she never would have returned to her magical world.
"When I say he made 'Fantastic Beasts' happen, it isn't P.R.-speak but the literal truth," Rowling said. "We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call, and then I got out the rough draft that I'd thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting!"
"Potter" fans are no doubt thanking their lucky stars that Tsujihara was so persuasive. Now they (and we) just have to wait for news on when the first installment of the "Beasts" trilogy might make its way into theaters.
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