Given the mammoth success of both the Harry Potter books and the subsequent Harry Potter movies, it was a given that Warner Bros. would, at some point, try and get another franchise out of the property. Theyâ€™d made billions on these movies, and with the end of the film run came the end of a reliable profit stream. In the age of franchises, we knew that WB wouldnâ€™t be able to sit by and let such a cash cow die. But little did we know that theyâ€™d be able to not only lock down another franchise, but theyâ€™d also have J.K. Rowling provide the original screenplay for (at least) the first movie of whatâ€™s now being coined as a 5-movie franchise.
As a fan of Harry Potter, the setup couldnâ€™t be more clear. I get it. This is an original story set in the Wizarding World in 1926 â€” nearly 70 years before the events of Harry Potter. The â€œsource materialâ€ is that of a fake textbook that Harry uses in school, entitled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. But donâ€™t think this means the actual movie is based on that textbook (which was published in real life as small, 90-page booklet) that chronicles said “fantastic beasts.” No, this is a brand new story following the character who wrote that book.
Still confused? Let actor Ezra Miller take it from here â€” and his explanation is more than just a bit surprising:
Iâ€™ll admit, like many of you, I was a bit unsure when it was first announced that Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them would be the first of a 5-film series. Like many, images of The Hobbit — an over-extended exercise boredom — came to mind. Did we really need five films? Was there really enough story to warrant such a long-form narrative? A couple weeks back, author and screenwriter J.K. Rowling took to Twitter to justify this development, stating:
â€œI think, when you realise what story weâ€™re *really* telling, youâ€™ll understand that it canâ€™t possibly fit into one movie.â€
There had been previous statements that the likes of Dumbledore and Grindelwald may be in the film, but after hearing Ezra Millerâ€™s explanation, it now seems oh-so-clear that the film will be chronicling Grindelwaldâ€™s rise to power, and his conflict with Dumbledore. In a way, Fantastic Beasts will be an entry point film into a much larger narrative, and itâ€™s also likely that our lead, Newt Scamander, will serve as the audienceâ€™s perspective into the story.
Count me thoroughly excited.
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters on November 18, 2016.
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SOURCE: Warner Bros.