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David Yates To Helm "Harry Potter" Spin-Off

By Garth Franklin Thursday August 21st 2014 02:16PM

He thought he was out, but they've pulled him back in.

Having directed the last four of the eight "Harry Potter" movies at Warner Bros. Pictures, David Yates is set to return to the franchise for the upcoming "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". Yates is in negotiations with the studio to direct the project which Warners is aiming to serve as the launchpad of a new trilogy of films.

Author J.K. Rowling is writing the screenplay for the movie, which is set seventy years before the events of the Potter series and follows a fictitious author named Newton Artemis Fido Scamander.

Scamander compiled a reference guide to magical beasts, and the movies will follow his adventures after he is commissioned to write the book. Unlike the 'Potter' books, the action in 'Beasts' begins in New York.

Yates rose to fame on British television, most notably for his work on the acclaimed 2003 miniseries "State of Play" which was subsequently remade into a less acclaimed but still well-regarded American film in 2009.

2007's "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" marked his feature filmmaking debut and he worked on the three subsequent films. Since wrapping that he helmed the pilot of FX's "Tyrant" and is currently at work directing a big-budget "Tarzan" film for Warners starring Alexander Skarsgard as the vine swinger.

Source: Heat Vision

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