Release date set for ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel; J.K. Rowling and David Yates set to return

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The wizarding world of Harry Potter continues on! Warner Bros. confirmed today that the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in the works, with J.K. Rowling and David Yates set to return. Rowling will return to write the script while Yates will return to direct. The sequel is set to drop into theaters on November 16, 2018. In all, three Fantastic Beasts films are planned, with the third film expected to come out sometime in November 2020.

The second Fantastic Beasts movie will delve deeper into an “increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances,” Warner Bros said in a press release.

The Fantastic Beasts sequel announcement is just one of many good things to happen to the wizarding world of Harry Potter within the past few months. Just this month saw the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child that saw unprecedented sales for a script book. In addition, the two-part play for Cursed Child opened to rave reviews and a sold-out run in London. In April, Universal Studios Hollywood saw the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them enchants theaters on November 18 with the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel enchanting theaters on November 16, 2018.

Check out the full press release below:
As anticipation builds for the November 18th release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ adventure “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the Studio has announced plans to return to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World for the next film in the series, slated for worldwide release on November 16, 2018. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Wizarding world creator J.K. Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut on the first film, is scripting the sequel.

The second “Fantastic Beasts” movie moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances.

Director David Yates (the final four “Harry Potter” films) will again take the helm, having recently completed work on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The new film will also reunite producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen will serve as executive producers.

The “Fantastic Beasts” franchise is an important part of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, a brand which continues to expand. The new play, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two,” has just opened to rave reviews in London, drawing rapturous applause in sold out performances, and the script of the play, just published, has already seen unprecedented sales for a script book. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks at Universal Studios in Orlando, Hollywood and Osaka, Japan, continue to entertain record crowds and Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter offers another extremely popular experience for fans of all ages. There is much more on the horizon, all highlighting that the global interest in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World in every medium is stronger than ever.

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