Warner Bros. Announces “Fantastic Beasts” Sequel, With J.K. Rowling Attached

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Fantastic Beasts

, the sequel to the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off film, has received a release date from Warner Bros. Pictures. The series has been planned as a trilogy since the beginning. Both and , who wrote the script and directed the first film, respectively, will return in the same roles for the second film, which will bow out in theaters on November 16, 2018.

The first film takes place in the same wizarding world as the main series, but it expands the universe. Set in 1926, it follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a magizoologist, who has arrived in the United States with a magical briefcase full of spectacular creatures. When some escapes, chaos ensues for both the wizarding and muggle worlds, especially with the growing presence of the New Salem Philanthropic Society, an extremist organization dedicated to eradicating the wizarding world.

According to a statement from Warner Bros., the second film “moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances.”

Depending on the state of the New Salem Philanthropic Society by the end of the first film, they could continue to have a role in the trilogy and wreak havoc on our heroes (as well as being one of the “allegiances”). It also depends on the timeline of the series, but both the Great Depression and World War II are right around the corner as potential settings for the next movies.

Yates directed the last four Harry Potter films, while Rowling, who is known for her work, is adding screenwriter to her resume for the first time. She will also produce alongside David Heyman, Lionel Wigram, and Steve Kloves (who penned the scripts for every Harry Potter film except the fifth). Neil Blair, Rowling’s agent, Rick Senat, and Danny Cohen will executive produce.

This trilogy follows the recent mass success for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a sequel play in the franchise, both in terms of reviews for the theater and impressive sales from the printed script.

Rowling is repped by .

Yates is repped by  and .

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