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The 'Harry Potter' Spin-Off Closes in on a Well-Known, Well-Versed Director

By Vivian Kane | Industry | August 21, 2014 |

By Vivian Kane | Industry | August 21, 2014 |

It’s been almost a year since J.K. Rowling announced she’d be adapting her own Harry Potter non-prequel film, and since then, updates have been pretty much nonexistent.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, for the muggles in the room, is the Hogwarts textbook that Rowling published back in 2012. The film version will focus on wizard adventurer Newt Scamander, and takes place about seventy years before the Harry Potter series.

Word is now going around that David Yates, the director of the last four Harry Potter films, is in negotiations to direct. Honestly, I’m torn on this news. It’s great to have someone involved who knows and loves this world, but personally, I’d hope to see this done on a much smaller scale. Here’s a tease of the kinds of Fantastic Beasts we can expect, courtesy of Diagon Alley.


Maybe it’s just my own low-tech snobbery coming to the surface, but I’d much rather see the practical, muppety Rian Johnson version of those creatures than the over-the-top 3D CGI we can most likely expect from Yates. I am, of course, more than eager to be wrong about that.

No word yet on casting. But for a movie about a carousing English adventurer in the 1920s, that can mean only one thing…


Your move, Hiddleston.

Via Variety.

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