Fantastic Beasts Franchise on Ice, Says Director David Yates

Although the original harry potter movies While it managed to make it to the finish line without a hitch, its theatrical follow-up was not so lucky. fantastic beast It has had a difficult role in the films – mostly as a series writer. JK Rowling’s My own desire repeatedly over the years. This isn’t why we haven’t covered Rowling or her work in years here at io9, but this is a special occasion, as it seems Warner Bros. has quietly decided to put the reins on the sub-franchise entirely.

while pressing with total movie For his upcoming Netflix film pain hustlers, Director David Yates said the future animals The films have been “parked” for the foreseeable future. “We made those three movies, the last one was made during a pandemic, and it was super fun but it was hard,” Yates said. The latest entry in the series was due in 2022 Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Mystery, To which he added that everyone in the production was “very proud.” When it came out into the world, we just needed to stop and pause and take it easy.

If you’re paying attention to this animals movies, this isn’t too surprising: with each installment, they were making less money (dumbledore earned $407.1 million compared to the original film’s $811.7 million) and became notable primarily for Controversy nearby its stars, The idea of ​​this series reaching an initial five-film ending was looking more and more unlikely, and as it turns out, that number wasn’t originally decided upon. Yates said, Rowling just said there were five films being made, which confused most of the creative team.

“(It) was a surprise for most of us,” he admitted. “Joe mentioned it casually at a press screening once. No one told us there would be five, we were committed to the first one. I’m sure we’ll be back at some point. But yeah, I haven’t talked to Joe, I haven’t talked to (producer) David Heyman, I haven’t talked to Warner Bros.; We’re just taking a break. it’s quite good.”

On paper, more movies are set harry potter The universe was a logical (albeit potentially throwaway) move on WB’s part. Those books and movies still mean a lot to people, but then again: Rowling has basically used a flamethrower to burn down her earned goodwill. that franchiseSo much so that Avalanche Software had to distance themselves from their upcoming game. Hogwarts Legacy Almost three full years before its final release last February. Add to that films struggling to justify their existence beyond a brand extension, and sooner or later something was bound to happen.

Not that WB is hurting for more Potter, Since it’s getting a TV reboot, it hopes to cover all seven books in the next decade. Whether that plan comes to fruition or not, they animals One thing they achieved was that they made people realize that it was completely okay, even healthy let go of their childhood, At this point, his continued instability outweighs whatever perceived value there is for this expansion of the children’s franchise.

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