With J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them adventure set to hit theaters this November, it’s a safe bet that sequel talk is about to begin, as the film is nearly a guaranteed success. As a spiritual successor to Rowling’s Harry Potter series, the film (and the second and third installments in the planned trilogy) takes place decades before Harry Potter’s birth.
Now, before the first film makes its debut, the series’ director David Yates is already discussing the second and third installments in the trilogy, revealing that the script for number two is already complete:
We’ve done the first film, [Rowling]’s written the second one, she’s got ideas for the third one. No one has ownership of it quite yet, of having a relationship with the material, other than the relationship they’ll have with the movie when it comes out.
When we adapted the [Potter] books, you always had to leave out things you hated to leave out because they didn’t quite work within the structure of the storytelling of the movie or the movie would just be far too long.
With this, it’s just pure Jo from the first page to the last page.
It’s an interesting perspective, and he’s right: die-hard Potter fans knew the stories from the books well before they ever hit the big screen. Now readers will experience the story for the first time in theaters, with no book to read ahead of time (aside from the companion guide of the same name).
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 and the final installment in the series, Fantastic Beasts 3, are set to hit theaters in November 2018 and November 2020, respectively.