JK Rowling has confirmed that the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them film series has been extended from a trilogy – as previously announced – to a five-film series.
She made the announcement at a global promotional event for the first film event that was held in London and Hollywood, with Rowling, director David Yates and producer David Heyman, beaming in their contributions live from London and Jon Voight and Colin Farrell in attendance in Hollywood. The event, which also featured a screening of the first 10 minutes of the film and a new featurette, was then also relayed to choice locations in New York, London, Mexico City, Sao Paulo and Rome.
Rowling also took part in a live Facebook Q&A where she expanded, “We said a trilogy as a placeholder because we knew there would be more than one movie. Now I think we can say, I’ve done the plotting properly so we’re pretty sure it’s going to be five movies.”
In addition, David Heyman teased that the second film would be set in a different city – a global capital city – and that the first Fantastic Beasts film will feature a cameo by a young Albus Dumbledore as well as another character from the original Harry Potter movies, Gellert Grindelwald – a dangerous wizard tied into the Deathly Hallows.
The two previously-announced sequels for Fantastic Beasts are due for release in November 2018 and November 2020. Presumably the final two films will follow a similar release pattern and arrive in 2022 and 2024. At which point they’ll decide to make another one…