Writers tackling the screenplays of their own film adaptations can be a tricky business. Over the years, they’ve been hit or miss. After all, the writers who created the world’s that these films want to explore are often quite attached to their creations. They’ve taken the time to create this layered universe of characters, plots, subplots, twists, and turns. Suddenly hiring that same person to condense all of that into a two hour movie can lead tolots of in-fighting within a production. But if a film like this year’s Gone Girl is any indication, it’s something that definitely can be done, and extremely well at that. The writer just has to “get” it. Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) did and, according to producer David Heyman, J.K. Rowling gets it, too.
Rowling has turned in her first ever script, and it’s for the big screen adaptation of her Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them. Heyman, who’s been a producer on all of the Potter films, says we’re in for a treat. “Jo has written a wonderful script,” he tells the Telegraph in a new interview. “Itâ€™s early stages. David Yates is directing and we start filming next year. I’m just really excited about it.“
Yates, of course, was the man at the helm for four of the eight Potter films, making this his fifth journey to Rowling’s magical universe. This will be his first time working with an actual Rowling-penned script, with his other Potter movies being written by scribes like Michael Goldenberg and Steven Kloves. Heyman is confident that Rowling has turned in something that Yates will adore working off of. “She is so smart, and her turn of phrase, the precision of the language she uses, is a joy to behold,” Heyman gushed.
Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them is scheduled to come out on November 18, 2016.