The director of the last four movies in the franchise is in talks to helm the first movie in a trilogy based on J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," Variety reveals.
First published in 2001, the book is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the "Harry Potter" series but rather a companion piece, taking the form of a textbook written for Hogwarts students by former headmaster Newt Scamander.
Warner Bros has decided to turn the 128-page bestiary into three films, which will be set in New York some 70 years before Harry Potter fulfilled his destiny in the face of the terrible Voldemort.
Currently on the set of "Tarzan," which he is directing and producing, David Yates is said to be in talks to direct the first movie in the "Fantastic Beasts" trilogy, which is already scheduled for release on November 18, 2016.
At the box office, the "Fantastic Beasts" movies should add a few more hundreds of millions of dollars, or perhaps even a few additional billions, to the already overflowing coffers of the "Harry Potter" franchise, which has already grossed some $7.7 billion in global theaters.