J.K. Rowling Will Pen Original Film Series Set In Harry Potter Universe
Deadline's Nancy Tartaglione reports that J.K. Rowling will return to her Harry Potter universe with a series of original films based on the fictional textbook Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. This Hogwarts book first appeared on a reading list in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone and later became a "real-life" book.
Rowling asserts the new films are neither sequels nor prequels, but rather spin-offs featuring "magical creatures and characters from the Potter mythology, including the textbook’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander." The first film will start in New York, 70 years before Harry's adventures begin. More from Deadline: "Fantastic Beasts will also be developed across Warner Bros’ video game, consumer products and digital initiatives businesses."
Tartaglione also reports that as part of this new "extended relationship," Warner Bros has also nabbed distribution rights for the BBC's production of Rowling's adult novel The Casual Vacancy.
Who's excited about this new Harry Potter-related venture? More importantly, who is surprised Rowling is returning to this much-loved (and successful) universe?
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