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  • 24Emmy
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    Warner Bros, J.K. Rowling Team For New ‘Harry Potter’-Inspired Film Series
    By NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
    | Thursday, 12 September 2013 14:12 UK

    Expanding their longterm, lucrative partnership on the Harry Potter franchise, Warner Bros and author J.K. Rowling are putting a new film series in the works. Rowling will make her screenwriting debut on Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, an original story based on the Hogwarts textbook that appears on a reading list in the first Potter tome, Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone. This is the first in a planned series of films and will feature magical creatures and characters from the Potter mythology, including the textbook’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander. Rowling says it’s not a sequel or a prequel to the Potter adventures, but will kick off in New York, 70 years before Harry’s story starts. No timeline or director has been identified yet. If the films follow the Harry Potter process, they’ll make use of Warner Bros’ Leavesden studios outside London which Warner acquired and revamped after the last Potter film was shot. Warner Bros noted today that the relationship between Rowling and the studio will be managed in London by Neil Blair of Rowling’s literary agency The Blair Partnership, and by Warner UK, Ireland and Spain chief Josh Berger.

    Fantastic Beasts will also be developed across Warner Bros’ video game, consumer products and digital initiatives businesses. As part of the newly extended relationship, Warner Bros has also boarded the BBC adaptation of Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy which goes into production next year. Warner will distribute the series globally, excluding the UK. A full press release on the new arrangements follows:

    Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expanded creative partnership with world-renowned, best-selling author J.K. Rowling. At the center of the partnership is a new film series from Rowling’s world of witches and wizards, inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander. The announcement was made by Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment.

    “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be an original story and will mark Rowling’s screenwriting debut. It is planned as the first picture in a new film series. Set in the wizarding world, the story will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans.

    “Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling. “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”

    “We are incredibly honored that Jo has chosen to partner with Warner Bros. on this exciting new exploration of the world of wizardry which has been tremendously successful across all of our businesses,” said Tsujihara. “She is an extraordinary writer, who ignited a reading revolution around the world, which then became an unprecedented film phenomenon. We know that audiences will be as excited as we are to see what her brilliant and boundless imagination conjures up for us.”

    In addition to the film series, “Fantastic Beasts” will also be developed across the Studio’s video game, consumer products and digital initiatives businesses, including enhanced links with Pottermore.com, Rowling’s digital online experience built around the Harry Potter stories.

    The Studio’s expanded partnership with Rowling also covers the continued expansion of its Harry Potter activities, including the wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks in conjunction with partner Universal Parks and Resorts (currently in Orlando, FL; opening in Hollywood, CA and Osaka, Japan), digital initiatives (including Pottermore), video games, consumer products and visitor attractions.

    In addition, Warner Bros. will serve as the worldwide TV distributor (excluding the U.K.) of J.K. Rowling’s upcoming television adaptation for the BBC of “The Casual Vacancy,” her best-selling first novel aimed at adult audiences. This miniseries begins production in 2014.

    The relationship will be managed in London by Neil Blair of The Blair Partnership, Rowling’s literary agency, and Josh Berger, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland and Spain, who will serve as Warner Bros.’ chief business contact for all J.K. Rowling initiatives going forward.

    Rowling’s expanded quote regarding “Fantastic Beasts” is below:

    “It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ 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 writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

    As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

    Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

    I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”

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    Riley
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    What is it with bad spin-off ideas these days?

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    BrokenFan
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    If they REALLY wanted a Harry Potter related film, why didn’t they just do a straight up sequel with the new litter of Wizarding kids? In other words, would any one really care about “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”? They’re turning a fun extension into a full length film series. I can already picture the CGI mess to follow.

    Good luck to ya, J.K.  

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    KT
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    Rowling has all the money in the world.  Does she really need to be writing films now?  And a story based on a encyclopedia book written for charity for that matter?  The whole Cuckoo’s Calling dilemma was really enough and now this.

    Oh, btw I love that gif of Leo LOL….I wonder if it’s that dancing that helps him get a new lady friend every few weeks.  Probably.

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    Haha hopefully he’ll be dancing his way to an Oscar, but I’m not betting on even his being nominated.

    The word of Diagon Alley (ugh…I hate myself) is that her last book didn’t do so hot, and kids bought it thinking that it was another Harry Potter book so that ‘inspired’ her to write an extension. In other words, she’s bored and perhaps a new mansion wouldn’t hurt.  

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    Haha hopefully he’ll be dancing his way to an Oscar, but I’m not betting on even his being nominated.

    The word of Diagon Alley (ugh…I hate myself) is that her last book didn’t do so hot, and kids bought it thinking that it was another Harry Potter book so that ‘inspired’ her to write an extension. In other words, she’s bored and perhaps a new mansion wouldn’t hurt.  

    “Haha hopefully he’ll be dancing his way to an Oscar, but I’m not betting on even his being nominated.”

    My fear is that they’ll make him wait for 30+ years and give him one when he directs an Oscar-winning film.

    I dont know what to make of this. I’d like to take a close look at that text she claims to be basing her screenplay on. If it’s a hit, it’ll be one of those times when the screenplay turns into a book. That should be a tad trippy for JK.   
      

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    I’m actually excited about it. I like that it will expand on the world she created in fun ways, and it won’t tarnish the original series in any way. And I’m sure she isn’t doing it for money… She gave a shit ton away to charities, more than most celebrities. Clearly she could give a fuck about working for the money.

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    [quote=”Boogawooga”]Haha hopefully he’ll be dancing his way to an Oscar, but I’m not betting on even his being nominated.

    The word of Diagon Alley (ugh…I hate myself) is that her last book didn’t do so hot, and kids bought it thinking that it was another Harry Potter book so that ‘inspired’ her to write an extension. In other words, she’s bored and perhaps a new mansion wouldn’t hurt.  

    “Haha hopefully he’ll be dancing his way to an Oscar, but I’m not betting on even his being nominated.”

    My fear is that they’ll make him wait for 30+ years and give him one when he directs an Oscar-winning film.

    I dont know what to make of this. I’d like to take a close look at that text she claims to be basing her screenplay on. If it’s a hit, it’ll be one of those times when the screenplay turns into a book. That should be a tad trippy for JK.   
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    Hopefully not. But then he’s been in Oscar vehicles before and none of them have worked. The closest he came to an Oscar was with ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’. Leo just has extrememly bad luck. Remember how everyone, including me, thought he was sure to win it for Django? But then WoWS may be that push that he needs, even though this year’s shaping up to be a tough year. 

     

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    [quote=”babypook”][quote=”Boogawooga”]Haha hopefully he’ll be dancing his way to an Oscar, but I’m not betting on even his being nominated.

    The word of Diagon Alley (ugh…I hate myself) is that her last book didn’t do so hot, and kids bought it thinking that it was another Harry Potter book so that ‘inspired’ her to write an extension. In other words, she’s bored and perhaps a new mansion wouldn’t hurt.  

    “Haha hopefully he’ll be dancing his way to an Oscar, but I’m not betting on even his being nominated.”

    My fear is that they’ll make him wait for 30+ years and give him one when he directs an Oscar-winning film.

    I dont know what to make of this. I’d like to take a close look at that text she claims to be basing her screenplay on. If it’s a hit, it’ll be one of those times when the screenplay turns into a book. That should be a tad trippy for JK.   
      [/quote]

    Hopefully not. But then he’s been in Oscar vehicles before and none of them have worked. The closest he came to an Oscar was with ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’. Leo just has extrememly bad luck. Remember how everyone, including me, thought he was sure to win it for Django? But then WoWS may be that push that he needs, even though this year’s shaping up to be a tough year. 

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    “Remember how everyone, including me, thought he was sure to win it for Django?  “

    Actually no Boog, I dont remember that. I would have been very surprised if he had received even a ‘filler’ nomination for this.  

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    I’m actually excited about it. I like that it will expand on the world she created in fun ways, and it won’t tarnish the original series in any way. And I’m sure she isn’t doing it for money… She gave a shit ton away to charities, more than most celebrities. Clearly she could give a fuck about working for the money.

    I agree. I don’t think Hogwarts-The Next Generation would work as much as this potentially! Her last two books were best sellers so she doesn’t have to worry about failing in writing non-Potter things.   

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    Making a Hogwars “next generation” would seem incredibly desperate. I think this is better.

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    -_-  and this doesn’t sound desperate at all. Ok then. 

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    Eddie Redmayne Now In Talks For ‘Harry Potter’ Prequel

    by Mike Fleming Jr     May 12, 2015 12:17pm

     

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    It’s not a secret that Oscar winning The Theory Of Everything star Eddie Redmayne was Warner Bros’ first choice to play Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the prequel to Harry Potter. Now that author J.K. Rowling has progressed through her first screenplay, I’m hearing that a formal offer has come from Warner Bros and negotiations have begun for Redmayne. The movie’s title refers to a book written by Scamander, a textbook used by Harry Potter and his pals when they attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The new film series takes place 70 before the Harry Potter films. That franchise was hugely important to Warner Bros, which is eager to get it back. Having Redmayne anchor the new series, with frequent Potter helmer David Yates directing and David Heyman producing once again, sounds too promising to not work out. Redmayne should be in the Oscar talk again later this year when he plays pioneering transgender artist Lili Elbe in the Tom Hooper-directed The Danish Girl, which takes place in the 1930s. Redmayne’s repped by CAA.

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