JK Rowling has signed a deal with Warner Bros to pen a fantasy film based on elements from her Harry Potter series.
The film will be based on a textbook written by Rowling called Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, a companion book to the famous magical novel series.
An original story, it will follow the adventures of the fictitious author of the textbook Newt Scamander and it is hoped that this will be the first in a new movie series, a new franchise which is something Warner Bros desperately need.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them will involve magical characters and creatures, including many which have featured in both the Harry Potter novels and movies in the past.
Rowling was keen to point out early on that this is neither a sequel nor prequel to Harry Potter:
“The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”
Warner Bros’ Kevin Tsujihara had this to say about Rowling, possibly the World’s most famous living author:
“She is an extraordinary writer, who ignited a reading revolution around the world, which then became an unprecedented film phenomenon. We know that audiences will be as excited as we are to see what her brilliant and boundless imagination conjures up for us.”
Many tie-ins between the new movie series and Warner’s existing media are expected, including a video game series and links to Rowling’s website Pottermore.
Rowling is currently developing a TV adaptation of her recent non-Potter novel The Casual Vacancy, with Warner Bros distributing.
For now though, let the Potter mayhem reignite.