David Yates says the Fantastic Beasts franchise has been put on pause

Director David Yates has said that the Fantastic Beasts film series is “on hold”. New interview with Total Film Magazine. The series, headed by Eddie Redmayne, is a prequel to the “Harry Potter” series, which author JK Rowling conceived as a series of five films. Three films have been released — “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (2016), “The Crimes of Grindelwald” (2018), and “The Secrets of Dumbledore” (2022) — but the lackluster box office dates back to the third entry (2018). . ($407 million worldwide) has led many “Harry Potter” fans to wonder if two more films will become a reality.

“With ‘Beasts,’ everything is on hold,” Yates said. “We made those three films, the last one during the pandemic, and it was a lot of fun but it was difficult. We were actually filming when there was no vaccine. Fortunately, no one got sick, but we have the most detailed protocols.”

“We are all very proud of it [‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’] “When he came out into the world, we just needed to stop and pause and take it easy,” Yates added.

Yates directed all three Fantastic Beasts films, with Rowling writing every entry (she had sole screenwriting credit on the first two films and was joined by Stephen Kloves on the third). Yates is a veteran of the “Harry Potter” universe having also directed all of the “Potter” films from “Order of the Phoenix” to “Deathly Hallows Part 2.” Tell Comprehensive movie That Rowling’s five-film plan for “Fantastic Beasts” was never communicated to him or others when they began work on the first film in the series.

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“The idea of ​​five films was a surprise to most of us,” Yates said. “Jo mentioned it casually, in a press conference once. No one told us there would be five, we committed to the first one… I’m sure we’ll come back at some point. But yeah, I haven’t talked to Jo, I haven’t talked to her [producer] David Heyman, I haven’t talked to Warner Bros. We just take a pause. She is so nice. “It allows me to do things like this.”

“Things Like This” refers to Yates’s latest directorial effort, the Netflix pharmaceutical crime drama “Pain Hustlers.” The film, starring Chris Evans and Emily Blunt, was purchased by the streaming company in a $50 million deal.

Yates previously said: “Having spent a long time making films about witches, I wanted to make a film set in the real world that was about a social issue, but it wasn’t very serious or serious.” diverse Prior to the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. “I wanted to tell a story that was entertaining and funny in a subversive way. I’m moving from JK Rowling’s heightened world, but I’m not going straight into the kitchen-drenching drama. The characters here are very intense and crazy and the world is very tense.

“Pain Hustlers” premieres October 27 on Netflix.

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