David Yates, the renowned director who shot to fame after directing four Harry Porter sequels, has recently directed "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", written by JK Rowling, the famous UK writer.
It is now officially confirmed that Yates will be directing all the five sequels of "Fantastic Beasts". The Hollywood Reporter said that Yates is committed to Warner Bros. prequel series. "Fantastic Beasts" is the first of the five series, for which the screenplay is handled by JK Rowling for the first time.
Eddie Redmayne, the lead character in Fantastic Beats, played as Magizoologist Newt Scamander who comes to New York in 1926 as a stopover for excursion. The film cast includes Katherine Waterson, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol and others. The film made world premiere on November 11, 2016, and released globally on November 18, 2016. The film has grossed $75 million in first 3 days of release, reports Forbes.
Warner's Bros initially planned only three sequels but later extended to five. JK Rowling who her debut as screenplay writer is penning her next sequel as well. Rowling felt that the most difficult part with screenplay is learning to do all together. And so she added "I'm never complacent-I'm always feeling like I gotta do my best work, and I'm always pretty hard on myself".
Rowling's third draft of second sequel is in final touches collecting inputs from Yates and Producers David Heyman and Steve Kloves. Yates says "Feels so different from this (first film). Much more haunting, like a dream. What she's doing is really interesting: She's not repeating herself".
It is reported that Yates is already planning pre-production of the second sequel to be shot in Paris and Watford, England. The sequel to "Fantastic Beasts" is tentatively scheduled to release in November 18, 2018, exactly two years down the line.
The first sequel opened with bang at the box office, and fans are particularly awed by the visual effects. The fans expectations on the second sequel put more weight on Yates' shoulders.