Fantastic Beasts, J.K. Rowling’s prequel/spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise, might be dead at Warner Bros. – with the studio reportedly making no plans to produce a fourth film.
The Harry Potter franchise was a massive success for the studio, making billions at the box-office and even more in merchandising. The Fantastic Beasts franchise, however, hasn’t managed to find the same success. The latest instalment of the franchise, The Secrets Of Dumbledore, “just barely” managed to break-even during its theatrical run – leading many to believe that the series will not be completed.
Since Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore was released earlier this year, there has been no word from WB about the final two films in the franchise. Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav mentioned the potential to do “something” with J.K. Rowling during a recent earnings call, but didn’t mention anything about the future of the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
Variety recently published an article discussing the future of the franchise, offering more bad news for the series. The article revealed, among other things, that the studio was waiting to see how The Secrets Of Dumbledore performed before greenlighting another instalment. Since then, WB hasn’t made any official announcements and according to Variety, a screenplay for the fourth Fantastic Beasts film still doesn’t exist. With no screenplay and no official announcement, it’s unlikely that another movie could be released until 2025 at the earliest.
It’s worth noting that Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling haven’t made any official announcements about the future of the franchise. While all evidence seems to suggest that the franchise has been scrapped, it’s possible that the studio will announce a sequel/continuation at a later date. Despite that, the news that the Fantastic Beasts franchise could be cut short is understandably worrying to fans of the Wizarding World, ourselves included. Leaving the series unfinished would not only leave a bad-taste in the mouth of everyone that supported the franchise, it could potentially tarnish the future of the entire Wizarding World franchise.
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