When Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald finally made its way into theaters last November, it was kinda meet with a resounding thud. Critics weren’t too crazy about it, but even worse, fans didn’t really seem to take to it either. In the year past, author and screenwriter J.K. Rowling had started to get some real pushback from fans who started to get angry over all the retcons she brought in the film, not the least of which was the introduction of Nagini the woman, who eventually turns into Nagini the snake.
On the heels of its box office disappointment, many called for an end to this franchise and that it is further proof that Hollywood has wrung an I.P. dry. But what is the road moving forward for the Fantastic Beasts movie series? Warner Bros. head Kevin Tsujihara recently spoke with the L.A. Times, and when asked about what happened with that film, here’s what he had to say about the matter:
“The second film didn’t perform as well as the first, but I think we know what we need to do to get the third film hopefully even better than the first one. And J.K. Rowling is really working hard now on that third script, and we’re going to get it right. She has an incredible vision of where she wants to go with this that is incredibly exciting.”
“The hardest part of the franchise is you have such a big core fan base. That fan base really knows the lore and they want to go deep into these characters. But what you don’t want to do is intimidate people. You want to be able to create a stand-alone movie that’s enjoyable for someone who isn’t steeped in the lore.”
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He definitely has a point about the fandom. Like Star Wars fans, Harry Potter fans have gotten to the point where they believe they know better than the creator about what should belong in canon and what should be pushed to the side, and when given an alternate take on it, they tend to take it personally.
That being said, the movie had its problems. To me, while enjoyable, it was perhaps too overtly dark and even worse, it wasn’t so much a great standalone experience as it was just a chapter in an ongoing saga. There were other issues, but those were the main ones for me. Let’s hope they at least have a plan on how to gain fans’ trust once again in the next movie, because if it’s not good enough, this may be one series that shuts its doors early.
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SOURCE: LA Times