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Wild Speculation, Based On Fact, About Harry Potter Spin-Off Fantastic Beasts
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Wild Speculation, Based On Fact, About Harry Potter Spin-Off Fantastic Beasts | So Who Will Make It?
So Who Will Make It?

The first instalment is due in 2016, neatly avoiding 2015's Blockbuster Battle Royale and giving Warners the time they need to nail down the cast. Potter veteran David Yates is set to direct the first film, despite having his The Jungle Book also due in 2016. Then again, we do already know that David Yates is the ultra-marathon champion of the film world, able to complete huge films back-to-back apparently without a break. Could he take all three of these on the trot? Probably. But for the purposes of speculation, let's see who else is out there.

First, let’s look into history. There were three other Potter directors. Chris Columbus is someone that everyone involved in the franchise credits with establishing the tone of the world brilliantly first time around, but maybe he'd enjoy taking over an established universe and playing with it this time around. Alfonso Cuaron has seen Gravity take his career onto a new and even higher level, but strictly speaking he hasn't locked in his next film just yet. Mike Newell is currently busy with Cold War drama Reykjavik and might have been turned off big-budget movies by his less-than-awesome Prince Of Persia reception. But if you look ahead to 2018 or 2020, none of them are definitely out.

But newcomers! Guillermo del Toro could add this to his endless list of Things To Do; he seemed to have a good experience working with Warners on Pacific Rim, and we know he’s flirted with Potter before. Baz Luhrman just had considerable success making a 1920s-set film for Warners – but seems unlikely – or if we’re dreaming we’d be fascinated to see what a Spike Jonze would do.

But if we’re dreaming, let’s dream big. Think New York, and two names instantly spring to mind. Woody Allen has made films set close to the right period – The Purple Rose Of Cairo was of course set in 1930s New Jersey – and he’s so closely associated with New York that he might as well have his face on the city’s seal. But if we could choose anyone, we’d go for Martin Scorsese. It would be a nice change for him and we know – from his appearance in One Direction: This Is Us – that he has a young daughter who can talk him into things he might not otherwise do. And Hugo showed that he can make magical kid’s films set in a long-ago time. Now wouldn’t that be magic?

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making a wizard film about a character the same age as most the audience that were the same age as Harry Potter when the original books came out? clever. More

Posted by sipi on Tuesday September 17, 2013, 18:49

2 Casting
So Scamander should be English and in his early-to-mid-20s? Daniel Radcliffe! Hahahaha More

Posted by Madhava on Tuesday September 17, 2013, 14:02

3 Expand, don't dilute
If we're trying to get a Potterverse up and running, which mightn't necessarily be a bad thing, there's a serious danger that the crucial British flavour of HP might be lost. Two places where Beasts might fall down could be making the world a bit too American, or over-referencing exisitng characters and stories. With Rowling writing I think we can expect something rather brilliant, which is reassuring, but the final scene of Deathly Hallows proves that even the best writers can end up writing hideous fan-fic. Matt Smith would be fantastic, but he'd more or less be playing the Doctor again so I doubt he'd do it. Any other ideas for projects in the Potterverse? I'd be interested to see a TV show about Aurors working for the Ministry, in the vein of Agents of Shield More

Posted by bleugh07 on Monday September 16, 2013, 15:27

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Exciting as this project is, the cynic in me is really thinking that Warner Bros are finally going to get their dream of a (sort of) Potterverse film that'll be set in America and with (probably) a high proportion of US actors in the cast. With the endlessly parochial attitude of US film execs, the fact that the existing, UK-cast and -centric Potter films made many billions at the box office probably didn't fizz on them at all! More

Posted by BelfastBoy on Monday September 16, 2013, 12:56

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