Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Harry Potter Spin-Off Film Announced!

Apparently there are going to be some more Harry Potter related movies coming out in the future! The Insider Hollywood gossip blog Deadline reports that J.K. Rowling has inked a deal with Warner Bros. to produce a new series of films set in the Harry Potter universe, based on the title of one of the textbooks  Harry Potter used in Hogwarts, ("Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them" by Newt Scamander).

From the press release:
Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expanded creative partnership with world-renowned, best-selling author J.K. Rowling. At the center of the partnership is a new film series from Rowling’s world of witches and wizards, inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander. The announcement was made by Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment. 
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be an original story and will mark Rowling’s screenwriting debut. It is planned as the first picture in a new film series. Set in the wizarding world, the story will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans. 
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen 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,” said Rowling. “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, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”

Hat/tip to Wonder Man

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