He directed the final four Harry Potter movies for Warner Bros., and perhaps that explains why they've now turned to David Yates to return to the world of magic and muggles for the J.K. Rowling penned spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them...

Though Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban's Alfonso Cuaron was at one point named as being in contention for upcoming spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it's another familiar face from the franchise that Warner Bros. have turned to to helm the movie. David Yates helmed the final four instalments of that series, including the two-part Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. A deal hasn't been signed just yet, but Variety's sources state that he has agreed to direct the ambitious project once he finishes work on Tarzan. The movie is set roughly 70 years before Harry Potter was born and focuses on Newt Scamander, the author of the Hogwarts text book of the same name. It will also be set in New York, a major departure from the previous UK settings. "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," writer J.K. Rowling explained not too long ago about the planned trilogy. An actor hasn't been found as of yet, but they're said to be looking for someone in their early 20s. How do you guys feel about Yates' return? 
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Filed Under "Fantasy" 8/21/2014 Source: Variety
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JAC - 8/21/2014, 2:25 PM
I'm fairly certain someone else posted this less than an hour ago. Now it's not here....
SmellofDuty - 8/21/2014, 2:26 PM
JoshWilding - 8/21/2014, 2:30 PM
@Sipprelle: Yeah, it no longer being here could have something to do with the fact that the headline was something along the lines of, "fantastic beasts to be directed by david yates" and the main body of the article appearing to have been written by a 10 year old.
ALegendaryPanda - 8/21/2014, 2:39 PM

Dingbat - 8/21/2014, 2:44 PM
Has anyone else been having problems uploading a new avatar?
NovaCorpsFan - 8/21/2014, 2:47 PM
When it's a gif, yes I have. I just turn my computer on and off again, that tends to work for me.
NovaCorpsFan - 8/21/2014, 2:49 PM
As long as this movie actually gives some time to the beasts as opposed to focusing entirely on wizards, I'll enjoy it more.
JAC - 8/21/2014, 2:50 PM
@JoshWilding Fair enough. Good news though, Yates is the man.
ScottMontgomery - 8/21/2014, 2:51 PM
Cool! I grew up with the Harry Potter books/movies, I can not wait for this movie, I'm a little less nervous now that they got some one like Yates to helm it.
FilmsFan - 8/21/2014, 2:57 PM
Well TARZAN is coming in JULY 2016!
& BEASTS was announced to come in NOVEMBER 2016.

How the hell is he gona do 2 separate Big Blockbusters... Few months apart!!!
Nemeres - 8/21/2014, 3:01 PM
Aww, come on!

His Potter movies were... kinda joyless and personality-impaired for the most part. Super serious and grim and colorless. I would imagine this is gonna have to be a 180 from that? I was hoping for a "quirkier" director, someone like Cuarón or what have you. Anyway, good luck, looking fwd to it.
GentlemanlyBatman - 8/21/2014, 3:36 PM
Milk that cash cow!
NoPhucksGiven - 8/21/2014, 3:41 PM
I will see this. I kinda wish they would have done a movie about the founders or a Dumbledore or even a Voldemort rise to power type of movie.
dannramm113 - 8/21/2014, 3:45 PM
Half Blood Prince was considered voldemorts origin(although a lot was cut out of the movie version)
The deathly Hallows also touched upon it, again cut out of the movie.

nibs - 8/21/2014, 4:14 PM
In that recent schedule WB/DC movies to 2020, there were 2 listed as 'WB event movie'. I'm thinking those were referring to these movies right here.
SimyJo - 8/21/2014, 4:26 PM
Klone - 8/21/2014, 4:29 PM
I honestly never cared for Yates directing in Harry Potter. I mean the scripts certainly left areas to be desired (such as never explaining the mirror or the Marauders) but yeah, he did some stuff really good, but other areas, I don't think really suited him.
Archgoat - 8/21/2014, 5:24 PM
I didn't like his HP films. They were boring and lifeless, much worse than the books.
gambgel - 8/21/2014, 5:51 PM
Josh deleting an article and then writing it by himself

Im starting to see a pattern
CaptainHammer - 8/21/2014, 5:59 PM
Does anyone else just hate josh wilding?
CaptainHammer - 8/21/2014, 6:00 PM
@gambgel me too and it's annoying as anything
ComicFan523 - 8/21/2014, 6:18 PM
Not really a fan of David Yates. I liked Part 8 and Part 6 but Parts 5 and 7 are the absolute worst Harry Potter films. I'll still see it but eh...
LensmanMatt92 - 8/21/2014, 6:42 PM
How can you make a movie based on a fantasy encyclopedia?
MightyDiamond - 8/21/2014, 7:13 PM
Of course they went with the guy that generated the most financially successful films in the series. He is also such an incredible director.
Orehrepus - 8/21/2014, 8:11 PM
Frick yeah! Been waiting for this!
Have you guys read the book?

Orehrepus - 8/21/2014, 8:14 PM
I haven't.
But since the movie is out soon, why bother reading it?
You know, I've been wondering why all of a sudden JK started writing adult stuff after all those family oriented Harry Potter books. Guess I'll find out when I see this movie.
DrunkenNukem - 8/21/2014, 8:41 PM
worst movie title ever
DrDoom - 8/21/2014, 9:39 PM
Harry Potter stopped being good after the fourth book.
GrammarCpt - 8/21/2014, 10:12 PM
I'm curious to see where they take this.
OrgasmicPotatoe - 8/21/2014, 11:06 PM
Bummer !

I liked every Potter movies, but Yates' were my least favourite. Particularly because of what he did to HBP. Turning that brilliant book into a teenage love story "Oh, yeah, there's Voldemort too, somewhere..."

But i'll wait and see.
batman001 - 8/22/2014, 12:42 AM
@joshwilding if you want to talk smack about me at least do it infront of me and for your information the CORRECT title was Has Fantastic Beasts found a director because he's still in freaking talks with them and how dare you remove my article and not let me know about it and then have the guts to re-post it as your own you sir are a thief next time have the balls to actually go looking for the news and i dare you to reply to this comment
batman001 - 8/22/2014, 12:43 AM
@captainhammer it's even more annoying when it's your article he takes down
SADVIPER - 8/22/2014, 3:31 AM
Excellent, looking forward
And hopefully some more material from the fantastic Rowling's mind.
datNAMEtho - 8/22/2014, 3:52 AM
God no. Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows part 2 sucked. Especially Half-Blood Prince, damn that was raped. Order of the Phoenix was nice though as was DHpart1.
Orehrepus - 8/22/2014, 5:27 AM
I want you guys to have a clean fight.
Obey my commands at all times.
Protect yourself at all times.
Are you ready?
Are you ready?
Okay, let's do this!

DeathAdder - 8/22/2014, 6:48 AM
Harry Potter sucks ass, as bad as Twilight and Hunger Games. Why is this shit even being reported on CBM? What's next, Twilight spinoff updates.
ProfessorX - 8/22/2014, 10:44 AM
Josh doesn't realise that the point of an editor is to "edit"... He thinks it's his job to steal other people's articles.

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