– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Last week saw the reveal of the title for the next film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. In addition, we also got to see a cast photo, showing off many characters including Credence from the last film, a young Dumbledore, and Grindelwald himself, played by Johnny Depp.

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However, that’s all window dressing. At the end of the day, it’s all about the content. What can we expect from the story of the upcoming film, and what will it bring to the table that’s different? Speaking with EW, producer David Heyman said:

“We delve deeper into Jo’s wizarding world — we’re in Paris, we’re in London and New York — the world is expanding. As you can tell from the image, we’re following quite a few characters. The new film has a very different feel than the first. It’s got a thriller quality. And it’s also a story about love and passion and all its forms — paternal, romantic, political. And it’s just a thrilling and very fun adventure. We took all we’ve learned from one and just expanded that and created a richer, deeper and more thrilling film which I’m excited to be a part of.”

And regarding the actual filmmaking behind it, the producer said:

“Cinematically it’s more dynamic. The camera is more alive and much more immersive. It has a more contemporary cinematic approach.”

What do you think? Is that enough to help the franchise ascend to new heights? While the overall reception for the first film was positive, enthusiasm was a bit muted for one reason or another. While it was relatively strong overall, there was something about it that didn’t quite live up to the magic and whimsey of the original.

Hopefully Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will help fix that.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.