Warner Bros sets release date for Harry Potter spin-off

News Simon Brew 14 May 2014 - 06:40

The first Harry Potter spin-off movie is set to land in November 2016..

Never let the fact that you've run short of material get in the way of a good franchise. With eight Harry Potter films under its belt, it was revealed some time ago that Warner Bros was planning a spin-off series. That spin-off is centred on Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, written by J K Rowling back in 2001. It's the textbook that Harry Potter uses himself.

In the Potter stories, the book is written by Newt Scamander, and it's that character that's going to be the centre of the new project. A trilogy of films based around the character of Newt is planned, and these are going to be set 70 years before the existing Harry Potter story starts. J K Rowling is penning the screenplay for the movies. And we now have a release date for the first one: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is set for cinema release on November 18th 2016.

As of yet, we don't know who's directing, and we don't know who's in the cast. But expect more details soon...

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I give it 20 years of flogging the franchise until they just reboot the series and do it all again, hopefully with a leading actor who can actually act.

Love the books, love all the films, look forward to seeing what will come of this.

Woohoo! Released on my birthday!

The reboot will be dark, gritty and more grounded.

Ooooh, glass half empty much!

I'm thinking sooner than that, especially if their DC movies continue to under-perform. And there's only so many Lego movies you can make...

And personally, I'd be all for it, only because it'll be a franchise that knows where it's going. You could remake the first few years with the knowledge of what exactly is going on.
The only issue is the lightening in a bottle that was keeping the same cast for 8 movies with one, regrettable exception.

Released the day after mine! Party plans sorted.

The other issue would be getting an adult cast half as good as the one cast for this one. Alan Rickman made me love Snape.

Not pessimistic, just realistic.

Daniel Radcliffe's so wooden he's a fire hazard.

The adult cast of the films is what saved them for me, an absolutely stellar British cast.

I don't think there'd be any shortage of actors clawing for parts in a remake.

Almost feel like if they wanted adapt the books again, it might work better as a television series. So, they could keep in a lot of the story elements and characters that were dropped from the films. I think people might actually go for something which shows a bit more of the day-to-day life in Hogwarts, which I've always enjoyed in the books, as well as the major events shown in the films. After all, Game of Thrones has shown that when it needs to, a television program can look as spectacular as film, and there's a lot of depth in the books which would lend itself to being explored in that way. Just a thought :)

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