Thursday, September 12, 2013

Warner, J.K. Rowling to team on original film series based on 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

Think Warner Bros. was happy with the box office performance of the "Harry Potter" film series? Apparently so, as on Thursday (via Rowling's Facebook page) the studio announced a new film series which will derive from author J.K. Rowling's world of fantasy, inspired by the Hogwart's textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and the adventures of the book's "author," Newt Scamander.

The announcement was made by Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment.

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" will be an original story, and will mark Rowling's screenwriting debut. She said:
It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of "Fantastic Beasts," realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favorite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn't dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt's story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry's gets underway.

I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.
Tsujihara added:
We are incredibly honored that Jo has chosen to partner with Warner Bros. on this exciting new exploration of the world of wizardry which has been tremendously successful across all of our businesses. She is an extraordinary writer, who ignited a reading revolution around the world, which then became an unprecedented film phenomenon. We know that audiences will be as excited as we are to see what her brilliant and boundless imagination conjures up for us.
A release date has not yet been mentioned.

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