David Yates in Talks to Direct “Harry Potter” Spin-off
by Justin Cook
David Yates, director of the final four films in the Harry Potter series, is in talks to direct the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The film, which was announced last September by Warner Bros., is based on the book of the same name. The book Fantastic Beasts purports to be a copy of a textbook we might find at the magical school of Hogwarts, which Harry Potter attends. It’s fictional author, Newt Scamander, writes about the many magical creatures in the Harry Potter universe
Author of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, wrote the book in 2001 and has also signed on to make her screenwriting debut with the upcoming film. Rowling has said that Fantastic Beasts will not be a prequel or a sequel to the Harry Potter series.
The fictional author of the book, Newt Scamander, will also be the central character in the film adaptation. Scamander is a man in his early twenties working as a “magizoologist” in New York. The movie’s narrative will take place 70 years before Harry Potter’s story begins, in the 1920s.
This new film series will be a trilogy unlike the Harry Potter film series, which told the story of Harry Potter over the course of eight films.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has said that his chances of making an appearance in the film are very slim.
Yates is a veteran director in the Harry Potter series, having directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2.
He is currently filming an adaptation of Tarzan with Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christoph Waltz, which will be shooting until November.
Expect to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in theaters on November 18, 2016.