Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Once Upon a Time in 2016 There Came Some Fantastic Beasts

Now hear this!  Now Hear this!  We have a release date for the beginning of  J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts And How To Find Them trilogy. 

This much anticipated movie (it must be much anticipated by someone since this announcement is being made over two years in advance) will unwrap at your local mega cinema on November 16, 2016 so mark your calendars now.  Make no plans for that date, and try to stay healthy, or better yet just try to stay alive till then.  Me?  I’ll be happy if I make it to the end of The Hunger Games Movies.

I imagine sometime between now and then Warner’s will hire a a producer, a director, get the Harry Potter sets out of moth balls and glue them back together again.  Honestly, talk about putting the cart before the horse.  But I’m sure all those Potter Fans will flock out to see this in their Hogwarts costumes and will blow the dust off their Harry Potter spectacles even though Harry will be quite absent.

Maybe by November 2016 I’ll get all excited and try to keep from pissing my pants over this even though when you get to be my age, that gets to be a bit more difficult.

From Variety:
Tsujihara persuaded Rowling last year to spin off the Harry Potter franchise by adapting her Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for the big screen. Rowling wrote the 54-page book in 2001 between publication of the fourth and fifth Potter books.

Set initially in New York about seven decades before the start of the Harry Potter story, the films will follow “magizoologist” Newt Scamander as an extension of the wizarding world — rather than being prequels or sequels.

The Warner Bros.-Rowling partnership on “Fantastic Beasts” had been jointly announced in September with Rowling adapting the script from the 2001 book, ostensibly written by the fictional Newt Scamander.

Tsujihara had said at that point that “Fantastic Beasts” would resemble the eight Harry Potter movies in response to a question of whether the films would re-use the same sets, currently housed at Warner’s Leavesden Studios in London.

Tsujihara indicated “Fantastic Beasts” would become a part of studio’s massive merchandising efforts and part of the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme parks. And he indicated the project reflects the studio’s commitment to projects with high-profile talent.

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