J.K. Rowling Expects Five Films in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Franchise


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At a . fan event in London on Thursday, creator suggested that there will be at least five films in the franchise. The studio had initially announced a trilogy with the final film hitting theaters in 0.

;17;m pretty sure that there are going to be five , now that 17;ve been able to property plot them out,21; Rowling said at the Empire Theatre in London.

The film stars as Newt Scarmander, a magizoologist who makes a brief stop in New York but is waylaid by a Muggle, a misplaced magical case and the escape of some fantastic beasts. , who helmed the past four films, is directing at least parts one and two from a written by Rowling herself – the best-selling author17;s first screenplay.

The news that . is anticipating five films – two more than initially thought – shouldn17;t come as much of a surprise, as the studio has struggled to develop a reliable money-making franchise since the final installment of the films, The Deathly Hallows, in 11. The franchise took in over $.4 billion at the box office – not to mention the untold millions in merchandise and theme park revenues. ., of course, is the studio behind the -steered DC Comics Universe – which has generated solid box office returns but has done so amid scathing critical reviews, putting into question the box office power of the half-dozen films already announced.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Part One) hits theaters on 18.

Rowling is repped by .


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This news was first reported by Variety.


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