In news that should surprise absolutely no one, it was revealed today that 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,' the first cinematic spin-off from the massively popular 'Harry Potter' series, won't be a standalone film. Warner Bros. is betting heavily on their return to J.K. Rowling's wizarding world and have announced that the adventures of magical animal specialist Newt Scamander will be a trilogy.
Here's another reason to be excited for 'Harry Potter' spinoff film 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them': the new project has just taken on a director quite familiar with the wizarding world of Harry Potter. David Yates, who helmed four of the films in the series, is returning to tame the mythical beasts.
A 'Tarzan' remake with David Yates of the 'Harry Potter' franchise attached to direct has long been in development, and has actually not been officially greenlit as of yet. However, Warner Bros. is looking to culminate a top-notch cast to help get this film made, and Oscar-winning 'Django Unchained' star Christoph Waltz has been added in a villainous role.
This article brings two very surprising revelations. One: Universal Pictures is planning a remake of 'Scarface,' the character made infamous by the 1932 and 1983 classic gangster films. Two: In one of the strangest pairings of material and director, the studio has evidently turned to David Yates, director of three 'Harry Potter' films, to do the job.
Though yet to film, FX's upcoming terrorism pilot 'Tyrant' had already attained a significant amount of buzz even prior to hiring 'Life of Pi' director Ang Lee to helm the pilot. Lee ultimately dropped out, but now 'Harry Potter' director David Yates has stepped in to guide the hotly-anticipated series by directing its pilot episode.
As 'Harry Potter' stars Danielle Radcliffe and Emma Watson move on to greener pastures, so too is director David Yates with his upcoming 'Tarzan' reboot. We've heard talk of 'True Blood' heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard in the lead to wear the famous loin cloth, but what of the apple of his eye, Jane?
It looks like director David Yates may have found his 'Tarzan' in Alexander Skarsgard -- the 'True Blood' actor has emerged as the clear and victorious front-runner for the job of "guy who wears loin cloth and hangs out in trees."