'Harry Potter' producer on JK Rowling's spin-off film: 'It's going to be very special'

Rowling is making her screenwriting debut with a film inspired by one of Potter's Hogwarts textbooks

'Harry Potter' producer on JK Rowling's spin-off film: 'It's going to be very special'

Harry Potter producer David Heyman has spoken about JK Rowling's forthcoming spin-off film.

Last Thursday (September 12), it was announced that Rowling would make her screenwriting debut by penning Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, a film inspired by a Hogwarts textbook of the same used by Potter and his classmates in her original novels. It will revolve around the character of Newt Scamander, author of the fictional textbook.

Now Heyman, who produced all eight Harry Potter films, has shared his views on Rowling's new big screen project. "I can't talk really about it yet," he said at a press junket attended by ComingSoon.net. "All I can say is that it's great. Jo had no need to go back to this universe or world. It's not Harry Potter per se, but the world of Harry. She's chosen to do so because she felt a need to tell a story. That she's doing it means that it's going to be very, very special."

Although Heyman has yet to confirm whether he will serve as a producer on Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, his comments suggest he has some inside knowledge on the project and is likely to collaborate with Rowling again.

Explaining the film's premise last week, Rowling said: "Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt's story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry's gets underway."

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