Warner Bros. pulled a fast one on us when it revealed that J.K. Rowling would be writing the screenplay for a film adaptation of her 'Harry Potter' companion book 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,' with the potential of producing a new film series around its fictional author, Newt Scamander. With the announcement, the studio revealed plans to further expand the 'Harry Potter' brand, but will that entail more spinoff films to come?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
While J.K. Rowling is one of the biggest selling (and richest) authors in the world, she has never written a movie screenplay. But, when you're the creator of the billion dollar 'Harry Potter' franchise, even a first time writer can make some creative demands.
Rowling will write the screenplay for the forthcoming 'Harry Potter' spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' and her contract with Warner Bros. stipulates that her script cannot be rewritten, doctored or polished without her explicit permission.
It's been more than two years since 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2' hit theaters, thereby completing the eight-film series adapted from J.K. Rowling's bestselling books. But it turns out we're not through yet with the land of witches and wizards. Warner Bros. is adapting 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,' a companion book to the 'Harry Potter' universe, for a new film series.