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'Harry Potter' Producer Talks Shooting 'Fantastic Beasts'

10 January 2015 12:13 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After 8 movies, Warner Bros. is not ready to let go of the very lucrative Harry Potter franchise anytime soon. They are already planning a series of spinoffs, which begin in November 2016 with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. As an added bonus, the screenplays are being written by creator of this universe herself, J.K. Rowling. In fact, quite a few franchise creatives are returning as well, including producer David Heymann. He recently spoke with Collider about shooting the Fantastic Beasts series, as production ramps up on the first film.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes place years before Harry Potter arrived at Hogwarts. And it follows Newt Scamander as he creates a textbook on his journeys around the globe, looking for new and unusual creatures. While it's not a direct sequel, it certainly should feel like a Harry Potter movie, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director David Yates returning. »

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Recruits Harry Potter Production Designer Stuart Craig

9 January 2015 8:00 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When the Harry Potter series made its final bow in 2011, it was almost a bygone conclusion that Warner Bros. would pursue new stories to tell within J.K. Rowling’s rich universe of witchcraft and wizardry. After all, the story of the boy wizard matured into the most successful film franchise in all of cinema, so when news of a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them spinoff arrived, not many were too surprised.

And despite taking place in a different time period, the adjacent series has attracted a lot of Harry Potter alumni as it inches its way closer to release. With the likes of David Yates and producer David Heyman already onboard, fans can rest assured that the new-fangled franchise is in good hands. And today brings news of another of the Potter vanguard joining the ranks: production designer Stuart Craig.

In an interview with Collider, Heyman confirmed Craig’s place in the crew, »

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Producer David Heyman Reveals Production Designer Stuart Craig Is Returning for Fantastic Beasts; Aiming to Start Filming This Summer

8 January 2015 5:21 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The Harry Potter series is officially the most successful film franchise in history, and for good reason.  The adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s brilliant book series aren’t simply translations of the story from page to screen, they’re inventive, vivid, impeccably crafted films all their own.  And so it was with great pleasure that the news of a new trilogy of films set in the Potter universe was greeted, with Rowling penning the screenplay for the first film.  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them revolves around separate characters from Potter and takes place in a different time period and setting, but much of the team that brought Potter to life is involved, including director David Yates and producer David Heyman. Steve recently spoke with Heyman in anticipation of the release of Paddington, which is enjoying some pretty glowing reviews, and the producer spoke a bit about Fantastic Beasts. »

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