Is three the magic number for the new J.K. Rowling film? It would seem so as, according to the New York Times, Warner Bros. C.E.O., Kevin Tsujihara managed to convince Rowling to not only adapt her Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for the big screen, but to plan for three megamovies, which would be based on magizoologist Newt Scamander. These films would not be considered prequels or sequels to the ‘Harry Potter’ films, but they would be set in New York about seven decades before the arrival of Harry Potter and his schoolmates.
It seems Tsujihara is very persuasive as Rowling said in response to a written question: “When I say he made ‘Fantastic Beasts’ happen, it isn’t P.R.-speak but the literal truth. We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call, and then I got out the rough draft that I’d thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting!”
As for the number three, Tsujihara had played a role in ensuring production of a trilogy of the Hobbit films was able to proceed as he led a tense negotiation with Warner, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Peter Jackson. Also, not only was the Hunger Games series a trilogy of books, it was also a trilogy of films. Of course, there is the ‘granddaddy’ of all trilogies, the Star Wars series (the original episodes IV-VI, the prequels I-III, and the sequels yet to come, VII-IX and possibly beyond).
I will admit: I’m having a difficult time envisioning Newt Scamander’s story to be told in three ‘megamovies’; however, it seems that if those in charge really want it done, it will get done. The movie-going public would be the beneficiaries of it.
So what are your thoughts on the idea of a Fastastic Beasts trilogy to tell Scamander’s stories? Let us know in the comments below!