The Fantastic Beasts franchise seems to be at a crossroads. This is a franchise that started out with massive goodwill and excitement. It had a connection to the Harry Potter franchise, arguably one of the biggest franchises in multimedia history. It had author J.K. Rowling on board as screenwriter. Finally, it had the Wizarding World itself at the forefront without the constraints of being a children’s story. It could finally tell a political and adult story as it felt necessary.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t quite panned out too well. The first film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them got a mixed to positive reception while The Crimes of Grindelwald was roasted by critics and fans alike. The movies are the two lowest grossing Wizarding World films to date, and the third film was pushed back a year to November 12, 2021. Presumably, they’ll be using this extra time to help fix what fans felt were big problems with the original movie, but that may not be the only change coming.
The Blast is reporting that Warner Bros. has yet to approach Johnny Depp, who plays big bad Gellert Grindelwald in both films so far. This comes on the heels of some ongoing drama with Amber Heard, so what does this mean for Depp’s future? Well, the outlet states that there are a few execs over at WB who are lobbying to get him fired, in spite of the support from many big franchise titans, like Rowling herself. That being said, if you’re hoping for him to get sacked, it seems unlikely.
Depp has a contract for all five films, but an option for each picture. When all said and done, it seems likely he’ll be approached soon as the rest of the cast is signed up.
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SOURCE: The Blast