Fantastic Beasts Producer Talks The Spin-Off

The first trailer for the “Harry Potter” spin-off “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” hit last year and was met with a soft response. Even so, Warners is still moving forward with plans for a proposed trilogy starting with this first entry in November.

Producer David Heyman, who was also involved in the original “Harry Potter” films, says they’re approaching these movies one picture at a time. Speaking with THR he says:

“We’ve talked about making a couple, but with all these things – and this may be a failing of mine – I don’t look at them as franchises; I look at them as films. We want to make each film as good as we can because if you don’t, you won’t have a second film or a third.”

Heyman also spoke about the genesis of the picture, something that came about following talks between himself, producer Lionel Wigram and author J.K. Rowling:

“It was exciting to move on and to embrace new challenges with Gravity and Paddington, but when it finished, there was a not-insignificant sadness because [the Potter films] had been such a big part of my life. Jo Rowling created such an incredibly rich and deeply conceived world. What you read in the books is in some ways just the surface of this world.

I’d ask her about the [character Sirius Black’s] family tree because we had to paint it on the wall [for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix], and the book only had two names, and half an hour later I’d receive a family tree going back six generations with 100 people. I’m sure Newt Scamander and his story have been in her mind for many years.

We were sitting around wondering what else we could do in this world, and [producer] Lionel Wigram, who is the person I first brought the first [Potter] book to, thought about maybe doing a documentary about Newt. That idea was floated to Jo, and she responded to doing a film about [that character].”

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in cinemas November 18th.