Although Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them isn’t out until November, it sounds like plans for a sequel are already underway. Studio Warner Bros. expect the next film to release on November 16 2018, with Wizarding World creator J.K Rowling returning to pen the script.
The news came via the company’s Creative Development and Production President, Greg Silvermann, as well as Marketing and Distribution President, Sue Kroll (via. Action Figure Insider).
While the Fantastic Beasts sequel will no doubt expand on the events of the first film, the follow-up will venture into darker waters, exploring the conflicts of protagonist, Newt Scamander as he is forced to choose sides. Fantastic Beasts director David Yates (who also helmed the last four Harry Potter films) will return to direct, whilst David Heyman, Steve Kloves, J.K Rowling and Lionel Wigram will co-produce. Rick Senat, Danny Cohen and Neil Blair are also signed on as executive producers.
The first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is scheduled for release on November 18 2016, starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol and Ezra Miller. The script for J.K Rowling’s new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was also recently released, while performances of the published script commenced last week.