Variety is reporting today that Harry Potter director David Yates is in heavy talks to direct the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films for Warner Bros. The first film, of what is believed to be a trilogy, will be released on Nov. 18, 2016. Yates is currently filming Tarzan at Leavesden Studios, where Potter was filmed. According to Variety:
Sources tell Variety that Yates, who directed several Harry Potter movies including the final “Deathly Hallows” pics, has agreed to return for the first installment of the Harry Potter spinoff trilogy “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
No deal has been made but insiders confirm both sides are in negotiations.
Warner Bros. had no comment on this story.
We will of course keep you updated on whether this news is true or not. But, as always, treat this as a rumor until it is confirmed by Warner Bros.
This morning Bloomsbury has revealed the artwork for the hardback and paperback boxed set of the new editions of Harry Potter, illustrated by Jonny Duddle! All the covers as well as this new artwork can be seen in our galleries.
The collection of new books will be released separately (in paperback and hardcover) on September 1st, with the boxed sets being released on October 9th. You can order the books via the following links:
Earlier today, Rupert Grint attended a photo call and press conference for his upcoming project – It’s Only a Play. As we reported back in June, Rupert will be making his Broadway debut alongside Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally and Stockard Channing. Thanks to RupertGrint.net we have a quick transcript of Rupert’s answers during the conference.
What’s it been like so far? I still can’t really believe it. In rehearsal, just looking around the room and seeing these people…it’s just really overwhelming. I’m very grateful and lucky to be a part of it.
What made you want to come to Broadway and do a play? I guess it all started with Mojo, a play I did in the West End. That was my first ever theatrical experience; before that it was just school plays and pantomimes. I really fell in love with theatre from that, it’s a very different way of acting. I absolutely loved it and I wanted more.
This script was so funny, and it was quite fascinating to have that inside look into backstage. I’ve never been to one of these parties [refering to the play’s staging] either! So it’s interesting for me.
Also, seeing the relationship between the creatives and reviewers, I think it’s interesting for an audience to see that.
I was hesitant with the cast, because they’re such amazing people, I didn’t feel that I was really worthy of it. It took a little while to convince myself that I could potentially keep up with them!
You can also view an interview with Access Hollywood below:
Tickets for It’s Only a Play are available by visiting Telecharge.com. For groups of 20 or more, call (855) 329-2932.
This afternoon, or morning depending on your time zone, we have a special treat for Daniel Radcliffe fans. A brand new clip from What If has been sent exclusively to select Harry Potter and Daniel Radcliffe websites. What If heads to UK cinemas tomorrow, August 20th, so be sure to go see it to support Daniel.
The clip shows Daniel’s character Wallace at work. The clip does contain some mature language, so parents be cautioned.
The story of medical school dropout Wallace, who’s been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan seems to be finding the perfect partner, Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben. Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?
If you are a huge fan of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando in Florida AND live in that general area, we have some exciting news to share! A network TV station is producing a show about American theme parks and they are hunting for a Harry Potter park “superfan” to show the host around The Wizarding World! If you are interested in being that fan, email Nick Stubbs (the casting agent) at nstubbs1212[at]gmail[dot]com or call 212.727.2420. The requirements are as follows:
Are you a Harry Potter Fan? Are you a Wizardly World of Harry Potter fan? Do you live near the park in Florida? If you answered yes to all the questions then do not miss out on this opportunity to be a ‘superfan’ for an upcoming TV show featuring the said park. A ‘superfan’ for one day would take a host around the park and show them all the details and ins and outs of the park.
Qualifications are that you must be:
1.) between the ages of 20-30 years old
2.) knowledgeable about the park
3.) Live near the park as well
And if you have not yet been to the park, definitely try to book at trip there soon! The park is amazing, we could spend weeks there and not get bored!
We have some fun back to school news to share with those of you who live in (or will be traveling to the UK) from the 5th of September to the 14th. Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter have announced Filming Workshops that will be taking place at the studio. For full information read the press release below:
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter invites visitors to go back to school this September with set design and storyboarding workshops, as well as the chance to see authentic sets, props and costumes from the world’s most famous school of witchcraft and wizardry.
From Friday 5th – Sunday 14th September, visitors will get the opportunity to make a simple card model like those used in the early stages of the design process and learn about a variety of sets as well as ingenious camera and post-production techniques. The Studio Tour will reveal filmmaking secrets behind some of the iconic sets from the Harry Potter film series and highlight the process that brought locations such as the Great Hall, Diagon Alley and Hogwarts castle to life on screen.
Visitors will also be able to create storyboards for their own original story idea, after being shown the industry method which helps the Director, Cinematographer and other artists envisage a scene or the film as a whole.
As the nation’s children put on their school uniforms, some Studio Tour staff members will don authentic Hogwarts robes used in the most successful film series of all time. Visitors will get the chance to examine the costumes of Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff students up close and try on replica robes as they fly on a broomstick like a member of the cast. A section of Hogwarts’ majestic Great Hall will also be dressed as it was during O.W.L. examination scenes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Tickets must be pre-booked and all extra activities are included in the ticket price.