The “Harry Potter” spin-off “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” has begun screening for press with this first of five proposed new films set in the J.K. Rowling-created universe set to potentially engage fans and give Warner Bros. Pictures a stable franchise.
Producer David Heyman, who also worked on the ‘Potter’ series, has revealed to Screen Rant that right now the plan is for each new film in the ‘Beasts’ series to arrive every two years which would take the series through to 2024:
“Every two years. Well, let’s see. Let’s hope people come to this one. If they come to this one we’ll make the next one. That’s quite an intense schedule every two years. So I’m hoping that it’ll be every two years, but if it bleeds into two and a half years so be it.”
Heyman also went into detail about one particular piece of connective tissue between this new franchise and the old one – Dumbledore himself. It turns out a younger version of Hogwarts’ headmaster will not just appear but be featured in a ‘Beasts’ sequel:
“In the second movie Dumbledore comes back. He’s got a couple of good scenes with Newt… We’re discussing who would play Dumbledore, any suggestions would be good. [Laughs]”
Heyman adds that the UK and Paris will be key settings in the predominantly European-set sequel. Right now only a handful of beasts feature in the second film, most notably a Chinese beast.
Production on the first sequel is slated to begin July/August next year for a November 16th 2018 release.