Harry Potter Spinoff Film Series and Games Are in the Works

Harry Potter Spinoff Film Series and Games Are in the Works

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them cover

JK Rowling signs on to be the screenwriter for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was originally just a fictional textbook set inside the Harry Potter universe for first-year students at Hogwarts to read. JK Rowling made the fictional book a reality in 2001, and today she announced she will make her screenwriting debut with a movie adaptation, the first in a series of spinoff films. Warner Bros. plans to develop Fantastic Beasts for "videogame, consumer products and digital initiatives businesses, including enhanced links with Pottermore.com, Rowling's digital online experience built around the Harry Potter series," the press release states.

The movie will focus on the life of Newt Scamander, the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in the Harry Potter universe. The film will also take place in New York 70 years before Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Rowling does not intend for it to be a prequel or a sequel but as "an extension of the wizarding world," she said.

Knowing how popular the franchise has been for Warner Bros., it's not surprising that it will continue on even without Harry. Rowling said Warner Bros. approached her with the suggestion of adapting the spinoff book into a film. "I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realized by another author was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it, and I already know a lot about Newt."

Electronic Arts published the videogames for each of the Harry Potter films. The press release does not clarify whether the games for Fantastic Beasts would be made by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Source: Deadline

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Wooooooo!!!!

Keeping the Harry Potter world alive <3

I may be speaking out of my ass here, but this is how I see the sequence of events thus far...

J.K. Rowling makes Harry Potter franchise. Its hugely successful, but shes done with it, and moves on to other things.

She releases a book under the pseudonym Robert Galbrait, but its leaked that its actually her before release. The book doesnt do brilliantly, and she gets worried that shes lost the golden goose.

The group she released the franchise rights to have decided to use them. Rowling panics and jumps on board.

...Maybe cynical of me, but it seems like until her new book flopped, she wanted no part of anything Potter related in the future, but now shes on board with whatever as long as it pays.

Didn't Luna Lovegood end up marrying a descendant of Scamander? Just a random tidbit I thought I read somewhere.

I'll have to reserve judgment on the idea of the movie itself; the book was a fun little read, but I don't know how much of it would be adapted.

I'm actually worried about JK rowling. Not that much mind you as she's richer than most of us will ever be, but the fact that she will never be known for any of her other works besides the harry potter franchise. Maybe she would stand a better chance If she did depart from the series but wrote stories for her original audience who are now mostly adults. I know a lot of her audience are Jim Butcher fans. Still best of luck to her

...because if you thought that particular cash cow was put to rest, you are really naive.

Oh well, the Textbook was a lot of fun, but I don't really can see it work as a movie.
But then again, I never imagined one could make a good movie about Battleship. Even though I was proven right about that, I am eager to see how they execute this.

Mahorfeus:
Didn't Luna Lovegood end up marrying a descendant of Scamander? Just a random tidbit I thought I read somewhere.

I'll have to reserve judgment on the idea of the movie itself; the book was a fun little read, but I don't know how much of it would be adapted.

Yes, I think it's Rufus Scamander, she mentioned that in an interview, they get married and have two children; Lorkham and Lysander.

Back on topic, I read this and seriously was so stunned that they are planning on turning the contents of a fictional textbook into a feature film I re-read the whole thing to make sure it wasn't a joke. I think I joked a few years ago that they would make this and 'quidditch through the ages' into feature films when they run out of regular books, looks like I'll be eating my hat now...

I wish they would make a TV series based on that April Fools video IGN did a couple years back. That looked cool.

Well that's a stupid idea. Why not also adapt Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding into a movie as well?

Seriously, Fantastic Beasts is a short little thing that has paragraph or so long descriptions on a few fantasy animals. How do yo look at that and think to yourself "Yeah, that'll make a great movie!"?

As Jo has built the world and characters up far more than we as readers have ever seen, I'm excited. She's quoted as being quite fond of Newt and knows his story well.

I'm sure the movie will be about how he got into cataloging all the beasts and how he goes about it, I picture it to be quite funny and probably more grown up as he's most likely going to be an adult for most of the movie.

Ah yes, now that the corpse of the Potter films has finally cooled, it is time for the corporate sodomy to begin in earnest. Hope you had fun being a respected writer Rowling, because it's all down hill from here.

I actually like the idea of an expanded universe type thing with this. Maybe a book on the first few dark wizards or so, how they discovered dark magic, creation of horcruxes, etc etc. Could be some interesting shit there.

I got a copy of the book 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' a while ago, and it's an interesting read. I just wish they'd release another version that adds in creatures from books after Chamber of Secrets.
It could make for an interesting film.

I don't really see how that minibook being a film unless it's a origin to how Newt created that book meaning he set out and encounter those magical creatures that will be recorded into that book?

Whelp.
As long as the movies will be good, I don't mind it being a cash-cow.

Why can't they just give us an MMO in the Harry Potter universe already?! PLEASE?!

moggett88:

She releases a book under the pseudonym Robert Galbrait, but its leaked that its actually her before release. The book doesnt do brilliantly, and she gets worried that shes lost the golden goose.

What aboot The Casual Vacancy? Did that do bad?

Arnoxthe1:
Why can't they just give us an MMO in the Harry Potter universe already?! PLEASE?!

I was under the impression that's what Pottermore was.

Oh I'd love a documentary in the style of Animals Are Beautiful People

Here's an excerpt of that masterpiece

Zachary Amaranth:

Arnoxthe1:
Why can't they just give us an MMO in the Harry Potter universe already?! PLEASE?!

I was under the impression that's what Pottermore was.

Its a glorified point and click adventure.

OT: Ah, yes. Corporate milking at its finest. This is going to be a fun train wreck to watch.

Zachary Amaranth:

I was under the impression that's what Pottermore was.

That's not NEARLY expansive enough as compared to what I'm thinking about.

Zachary Amaranth:

moggett88:

She releases a book under the pseudonym Robert Galbrait, but its leaked that its actually her before release. The book doesnt do brilliantly, and she gets worried that shes lost the golden goose.

What aboot The Casual Vacancy? Did that do bad?

I heard it did rather well. Top of the bestseller's charts, and it actually got good reviews from a lot of literary critics, which is more than usually happens for authors trying to move on from a cash-cow franchise. Sure, it's never going to sell Potter numbers, but given that Rowling is obscenely rich at this point she doesn't need it to. When you're worth around £560 million ($900 million), the only time you need to pick up a pen is when you're righting cheques for the industrial amounts of cocaine you're snorting.

Seriously, I actually believe her when she says she wants to be involved, because there's no reason she needs to worry about getting work ever again. Still think it's a bit corporate and cynical from Warner, but at this point I've kind of just accepted that if something is popular, it'll get run into the ground by corporate types.

KeyMaster45:
Ah yes, now that the corpse of the Potter films has finally cooled, it is time for the corporate sodomy to begin in earnest. Hope you had fun being a respected writer Rowling, because it's all down hill from here.

She's a respected writer? News to me, I'm pretty sure most sci-fi/fantasy authors don't care much for, or even think that highly of, Rowling.

Zachary Amaranth:

moggett88:

She releases a book under the pseudonym Robert Galbrait, but its leaked that its actually her before release. The book doesnt do brilliantly, and she gets worried that shes lost the golden goose.

What aboot The Casual Vacancy? Did that do bad?

I dont know how it sold, but it got average reviews. Noone seems to think it was bad, just noone particularly cared about it.

i wouldn't mind another harry potter type game, the first game that is when it was about exploration, magic and stuff not call of harry duty

moggett88:
I may be speaking out of my ass here, but this is how I see the sequence of events thus far...

J.K. Rowling makes Harry Potter franchise. Its hugely successful, but shes done with it, and moves on to other things.

She releases a book under the pseudonym Robert Galbrait, but its leaked that its actually her before release. The book doesnt do brilliantly, and she gets worried that shes lost the golden goose.

The group she released the franchise rights to have decided to use them. Rowling panics and jumps on board.

...Maybe cynical of me, but it seems like until her new book flopped, she wanted no part of anything Potter related in the future, but now shes on board with whatever as long as it pays.

The Casual Vacancy sold 1 million copies in it's first 3 weeks. While it's not as much as HP, it's still really good.
Rowling is worth £560 million (supposedly). She won't be taking up a part time job in McDonald's any time soon.

OT: I hope she's doing this for the fans because she certainly doesn't need the money.
I'm bonkers about Harry Potter so I'm looking forward to this even though I'm in two minds. While I'm happy to hear we get some more insight into the world, I'm disappointed she didn't just leave it when it finished, but at least it's not about Harry.

Also they MUST include his grandson, Rolf. He marries Luna and I'll be over the moon to see more of her!

soren7550:
Well that's a stupid idea. Why not also adapt Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding into a movie as well?

Seriously, Fantastic Beasts is a short little thing that has paragraph or so long descriptions on a few fantasy animals. How do yo look at that and think to yourself "Yeah, that'll make a great movie!"?

I think it's going to be about Scamander 70 years before Harry was born, atleast that's what it says in the article :p.

soren7550:
Well that's a stupid idea. Why not also adapt Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding into a movie as well?

Seriously, Fantastic Beasts is a short little thing that has paragraph or so long descriptions on a few fantasy animals. How do yo look at that and think to yourself "Yeah, that'll make a great movie!"?

Just what I was thinking. It seems most of the comments here are more along the lines of, "Harry Potter [something something] cash cow [something something] dead horse [insert cynical comment here]."

I get the impression most of these people have only roughly followed the movies, perhaps read one or two books, but certainly not the spinoffs (Fantastic Beasts, Quidditch Through The Ages, Tales of Beedle the Bard).

In any case, I'll continue to back anything J.K. Rowling gets behind; that woman is an amazing writer. Harry Potter has long been my favourite book series of all time (if the number of times I've re-read them are anything to judge), and I'm willing to let her keep adding to the world for a while yet.

Of course, I could well be wrong and the movie/game tie-in may fail miserably, but that's no reason not to give it a fair chance.

moggett88:

I dont know how it sold, but it got average reviews. Noone seems to think it was bad, just noone particularly cared about it.

I can understand that. It certainly wasn't my cup of tea, but that's rarely an indicator of anything.

 

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