J.K. Rowling will write new movie set in 'Potter' universe (+video)(Read article summary)
J.K. Rowling will write the screenplay for a film adaptation of the Potter book 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' and the movie will center on the adventures of textbook author Newt Scamander.
Hold onto your wizard (and witch) hats, Harry Potter fans.Â
A new âPotterâ-themed movie series is coming and will be inspired by the book âFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,â a stand-alone book set in the Potter universe that was written by J.K. Rowling. Fans will remember that in the magical world, âFantasticâ is a textbook assigned to some Hogwarts students.
The new film series will be inspired by the book âand the adventures of the bookâs fictitious author, Newt Scamander,â according to Warner Bros., the movie studio behind the Harry movies and the new films.
âAlthough it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, âFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Themâ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,â Rowling, who will be writing the screenplay, said in a statement. âThe 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 Newtâs story will start in New York, seventy years before Harryâs gets underway.â (Potter fans usually pinpoint the first "Potter" book at having taken place in the early 1990s. Does this mean a 1920s-set film?)
Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara said the studio was âincredibly honored that Jo has chosen to partner with Warner Bros. on this exciting new exploration of the world of wizardry which has been tremendously successful across all of our businesses.â
âWe know that audiences will be as excited as we are to see what her brilliant and boundless imagination conjures up for us,â Tsujihara said.
The film will be Rowlingâs screenwriting debut. She said that Warner Bros. had approached her about a movie based on âFantasticâ and that the longer she thought about it, the more loath she was to pass on Newt to another writer.Â
âHaving lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt,â she said. âAs hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood. As I considered Warnersâ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldnât dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner BrosâŚ I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.â
There's no word yet on a release date for the first movie.
"Fantastic" was first released in 2001 and money from the book's sales goes to the charity Comic Relief. The textbook had been mentioned in the "Potter" series as having been assigned to Harry Potter and his friends, and the book itself is billed as written by the fictional author Newt Scamander rather than Rowling. The book, which is 64 pages long, includes doodles by students Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger.