PRESS RELEASE: More HARRY POTTER Movies On The Way!...Kinda

Big news for Potter fans: Warner Bros. have teamed with author J.K. Rowling to produce a series of films based on Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. Read on for the press release in full..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 9/12/2013
It seems Warner Bros.' search for a new franchise to take over from the incredibly lucrative Harry Potter series has led them...back to Harry Potter! The studio has just announced that they'll be teaming with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling for a new series of movies set in the "Wizarding World". The movies will apparently be "inspired" by the 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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Kingdork - 9/12/2013, 6:45 AM
Way to go WB!
DrRockit13 - 9/12/2013, 6:45 AM
It will be cool to see a story set in this world without Harry as the center piece.
ConquerorKang27 - 9/12/2013, 6:46 AM
Milkin' the old cash cow! Should be interesting though. Hopefully...
titansupes - 9/12/2013, 6:48 AM
O....kay.
supermarioworldE - 9/12/2013, 6:48 AM
Isn't 10 years enough of my life?
grampageezer - 9/12/2013, 6:51 AM
Sounds like a fun, new franchise and I think Potter fans will eat it up.
Good luck to everyone involved!
Highflyer - 9/12/2013, 6:53 AM
really?
whoa123 - 9/12/2013, 6:58 AM
I love the HP movies but this HAS GOT TO STOP! FOCUS ON YOUR OTHER PROPERTIES WB! Or at the very least, GIVE DC THEIR OWN STUDIO AND CO-FINANCE WITH THEM!
JoeMomma29 - 9/12/2013, 7:01 AM
I am so tired of WB, ugh all they want is a quick buck. Yet they have a treasure trove with their DC Universe and refuse to capitalize on it.
JatevinM - 9/12/2013, 7:01 AM
I hope when they get to Hogwarts a history that its a film about the four founders. WB needs to make that happen.
AmazingFantasy - 9/12/2013, 7:01 AM
Oohh
bijit69 - 9/12/2013, 7:01 AM
This is like the best news I've heard in ages!!! :D :D :D :D
JatevinM - 9/12/2013, 7:02 AM
You people act like they can't do more than one movie series at a time. Dont play the HP franchise for us not seeing DC movies
GodzillaKart - 9/12/2013, 7:02 AM
Perhaps WB will follow up their highly anticipated "Batman vs. Superman" with a film titled "Superman and Batman are friends".
Battabing - 9/12/2013, 7:06 AM
I'm pretty sure the Potter fans have grown up and moved on. If their favorite characters aren't showing up then neither are they.

Duh.
Battabing - 9/12/2013, 7:07 AM
Granted, WB milking Potter is as bad as Disney milking POTC.
spidey1994 - 9/12/2013, 7:07 AM
Let it die! The series ended perfectly! STOP [frick]ING MILKING IT!!!!!
JatevinM - 9/12/2013, 7:12 AM
You guys do realize that this new series will probably give WB the financial confidence to try out some DC properties.
MrMartinMarvel - 9/12/2013, 7:19 AM
Could be interesting...NOT.
Xandera - 9/12/2013, 7:20 AM
Seriously? Whatever...
JR - 9/12/2013, 7:20 AM
^Like they need financial confidence..... They just need to throw out some DC character the right way...... Is embarrassing not to have a Wonder Woman movie in the works! Shame!
TheSonicScrew - 9/12/2013, 7:21 AM
Actually this could mean MORE DC movies guys. With a solid Potter frsnchise guaranteed to make billions they'll be more inclined to take risks (well, what they consider to be risks) and churn out some more DC heroes films!
MexicanChinman - 9/12/2013, 7:23 AM
How does this stop DC based films from happening? WB makes multiple films a year and MOS is their first DCCU film, and they will to make other films based on their characters soon.
TheFirstAvenger97 - 9/12/2013, 7:26 AM
Ooook. Smh
maninfinesuit - 9/12/2013, 7:29 AM
Sounds like a lot of fun, and I am very pleased that Rowling will be undertaking the writing herself.
Mrsinister - 9/12/2013, 7:31 AM
Yes!! I love love love Harry potter!
JatevinM - 9/12/2013, 7:34 AM
I'm still not understanding how this stops DC movies from being made. Studios release multiple movies a year. As someone who wants a Wonder Woman movie like yesterday it's not this series fault it's WBs for not willing to take a chance.
CaptainPresley - 9/12/2013, 7:42 AM
Smart move on WB's part. The Potters films were quality movies based on quality books. It's a win win in my opionion. Glad Rowling is I volved.
SuperSomething616 - 9/12/2013, 7:42 AM
GET BENT WB!!! Money grubbing twats!!!
darthpoopsie - 9/12/2013, 7:42 AM
this is amazing. i love harry potter (hated the movies save for 3) but the books are my favorite series. period. ive got the deathly hollows tattooed on my wrist. the main reason im excited is because JK is doing the screen play.
Odin - 9/12/2013, 7:43 AM
HAILHYDRA - 9/12/2013, 7:43 AM
@LEVI no one cares about Wonder Woman. Not even DC. She's outdated.
JoeMomma29 - 9/12/2013, 7:43 AM
@ JatevinM

We all know it is WB fault on why are not getting movies. WB is like a abusive controlling husband husband, once in a great while they do something nice to make think they have changed but in fact they are same dicks we knew they were.
MrNikauL - 9/12/2013, 7:47 AM
Why wouldn't they base it on the Marauders?
SnapperCarr - 9/12/2013, 7:48 AM
@HAILHYDRA Well so was Captain America, but Marvel made it work.
SnapperCarr - 9/12/2013, 7:49 AM
But really, [frick] WB for not doing jack with any of their characters.
SnapperCarr - 9/12/2013, 7:49 AM
MAC pretty much nailed it.
TheWolverine08 - 9/12/2013, 7:49 AM
@MAC I can see the hate all over you. Lol.
SnapperCarr - 9/12/2013, 7:50 AM
@MAC I will do so.
TheWolverine08 - 9/12/2013, 7:52 AM
@MAC Hey hey, Namor is a badass!
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