After one fan mistakenly tweeted at Rowling saying that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would be turned into a movie, Jo revealed the true plans for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The movie, set for release in November, will be the first in a new trilogy. The second and third parts will come out in 2018 and 2020, respectively.
Good news or bad news?
Does Hollywood even make standalone films anymore? Perhaps at the cost of originality and artistic/ intellectual stimulation, franchises are Hollywood’s recent past, present and future. While some of us may find the prospect of all blockbusters, all superheroes, and all franchises all the time unbearable, these are the types of films that are bringing audiences away from their at-home, online streaming and back into cinemas.
Indeed, it’s been argued that the repetitive process of Hollywood churning out mind boggling sequels like Ice Age 5 (??) or Puss in Boots 2 (?!) are just examples of franchises keeping the movie industry alive and well enough to produce the more artistic and intellectually awarding films that film fans so desire and critics so long for.
Furthermore, any way you look at it, splitting Fantastic Beasts into three parts just means more magic (and more Eddie Redmayne)! Maybe that isn’t such a bad thing after all. Anyone know how to brew a patience potion?
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