‘Harry Potter’ director David Yates in talks to to direct spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts’

By Madeline Smith,

Director of the last four Harry Potter movies, David Yates, has been chosen to direct the movie version of J.K Rowling’s spinoff book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Yates is still in talks with Warner Bros. to seal the deal on directing the newest Harry Potter-related film, according to Variety. The studio has yet to make a comment on the news.

Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them is a spinoff of the Harry Potter series. The book will be made into a trilogy of movies following magizoologist Newt Scamander who is the author of the Fantastic Beasts textbook, according to TheCelebrityCafe.com.

The movie is set to take place a century before the main Harry Potter stories fans know and love.

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 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,” author J.K. Rowling revealed on her Facebook page.

“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, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.”

Rowling will be writing the screenplay for the films Yates will likely direct.

Yates also directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, according to IMDB.

No actors’ names or release dates have been announced yet.

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