A sequel to the Harry Potter spin-off movie Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them has been given a release date of 2018, according to Warner Bros Pictures.
Although the first Fantastic Beasts movie, starring Eddie Redmayne, is yet to be released, director David Yates has confirmed that he will be returning to direct the sequel, having already read the script written by JK Rowling.
Watch a trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them below.
Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara had confirmed that the Fantastic Beasts films would comprise three “megamovies”, focusing on Redmayne’s character Newt Scamander, based in New York about “seven decades” before the story of Harry Potter.
Now an official statement from Warner Bros has said that the sequel “moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances”.
Meanwhile Yates has admitted that Rowling’s script takes the franchise to somewhere completely different. “We’ve seen the script for Part 2, for the second movie, which takes the story in a whole new direction – as you should, you don’t want to repeat yourself. The second movie introduces new characters as she builds this part of the Harry Potter universe further.”
J.K Rowling announced that there will be no more Harry Potter stories at the West End premiere of ‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ last week.
“He goes on a very big journey during these two plays,” Rowling told the press. “I think we’re done. This is the next generation, you know,” Rowling continued, “so, I’m thrilled to see it realised so beautifully, but no, Harry is done now.”