Warner Bros boss, Kevin Tsujihara, has responded to criticism of Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald, admitting that “the second film didn’t perform as well as the first.”
Speaking to the LA Times, he went on to reveal that JK Rowling was working on the third script and that they are determined to “get it right” with the third film in the franchise.
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Tsujihara said: “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 JK 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.”
He also spoke about the fan base of the film: “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.”
The second film in the franchise received mixed reviews upon its release and was the worst performing movie in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchise.
In a three star review of the film, NME said: “For a film about witches and wizards, there’s been precious little magic involved with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
“First, it faced criticism for casting Johnny Depp — accused of assaulting ex-wife Amber Heard — as the titular villain. Then fans bristled at the news Albus Dumbledore wasn’t “explicitly” gay in the story.
“Add to that a sticky mess surrounding Nagini’s origin story and J.K. Rowling’s spin-off series finds itself in a pickle. Sadly, the movie itself is equally muddled.”