Considering the fact that the Harry Potter film franchise—based on the novels of J.K. Rowling—have collectively grossed nearly $8 billion in worldwide box office receipts, it’s really not surprising at all that Warner Bros. would eventually return to the Potter well in some fashion, be it reboot, sequel, prequel, or spin-off. And, after spinning a Potter wheel, it looks like the arrow landed on “spin-off,” as the studio has announced that they will be producing a Harry Potter spin-off film that will serve “as the first picture in a new film series.”
According to /Film, the film will be based on “the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the adventures of its author, Newt Scamander.”
The film’s screenplay will be penned by none other than J.K. Rowling herself:
“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.”
Translation: Warner Bros. showed up at her front door with about eight dump trucks full of money.
Before you get too excited, though, Potter fans should take note that the film will not be directly connected to any of the movies in the Potter series; rather, this will simply be set in the same world, but in New York, 70 years before Potter’s adventures.
The film will mark J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut. No word yet on a possible director or release date.
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