Fantastic Beasts producer explains why we’re getting five movies

Given the enormous success of the Harry Potter franchise, it came as little surprise when Warner Bros. announced it would be expanding the Wizarding World saga with a spinoff based upon J.K. Rowling’s 2001 faux textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

What did come as a surprise however was that WB and Rowling were looking to produce a full five movies out of the idea. A cash grab, surely? Well, not according to producer David Heyman, who has explained to Collider how Rowling originally envisioned the project as a trilogy of films, but quickly discovered that the story was much too large for just three instalments.

“While it may look like it to some people, there is nothing cynical about this,” said Heyman. “This is all from [Rowling’s] head. So she begins with three films, because she thinks that’s the story she wants to tell, and then as she digs deeper…
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