David Yates Set To Direct All 5 ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Films


The first film in the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ franchise is yet to release, but plans are already being made for the future. After learning the franchise is set to be five films long, we now know the people set to Direct and Write the remaining films. David Yates, the man who has directed the first film in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ series as well as the final four ‘Harry Potter’ films, is on board for the entire franchise. Given his history with the ‘Potter’ universe it makes sense to keep him around, and luckily for him should keep him employed for the next 8 years or so. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter Yates said:

 “I love making films, and I’ve got a great team, all of whom are like family, I only look at it movie to movie.”

Whilst Yates directs the series, J.K. Rowling is all set for penning the remaining four films as well, expanding the universe she has so lovingly crafted into exciting new areas.

This was Rowling’s first time penning a screenplay, and though the task seemed daunting for her at first, she looks to be relishing the opportunity to pen another four films:

“I’m never complacent — I’m always feeling like I gotta do my best work, and I’m always pretty hard on myself. We’ve set ourselves an ambitious story to tell in five movies, but it’s going to be challenging and exciting — all the things I like.”

Pre-production is well underway on the sequel, which isn’t set to release until November 16th 2018, but it seems the people involved are already very excited:

“The sequel feels so different from this first film. Much more haunting, like a dream. What she’s doing is really interesting; she’s not repeating herself.”

The sequel looks to be focusing on the relationship between Dumbledore and his close friend Gellert Grindelwald, and it seems likely it will contain an openly gay Dumbledore. Dumbledore’s sexuality was something that wasn’t revealed until after the final ‘Harry Potter’ book had released, nor was it touched on in the film series, but it will no doubt be a big part of Dumbledore in his youth. Rowling was very coy about her answers regarding Dumbledore, but left a fairly meaningful hint.

“You will see Dumbledore as a younger man, and quite a troubled man,” she said. “We will see him in what I think is the formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned: Watch this space.”

Despite all this talk of a sequel, people haven’t forgotten about the film set to kick things off, and it seems like it went through a fairly lengthy process to get to where it is today:

“The first draft was quite whimsical and lyrical, but it felt it didn’t have any heft and we weren’t sure what it was about,” recalled Yates. “Then Joe took a left turn and it was right up my street: it was really intense and dark. Joe and I loved it, but David Heyman and Steve Kloves very wisely said, ‘Whoa, hang on guys, this needs to get some of the lightness back.’ It was after that dark second draft that Joe suddenly found the melody; then, she was away to the races. It was a struggle to keep up with her because she knew what it was: a balance between light and shade.”

All in all, the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise is gearing up to be an exciting and fascinating one. There’s still no indication as to how much the characters from the first film will feature in the rest, with the feud between Dumbledore and Grindelwald looking set to take centre stage, but no matter what happens it looks like we’re about to get some worthy additions to the ‘Harry Potter’ universe.

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ debuts in cinemas November 18th.


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