J.K. Rowling Starts Work On The Third Fantastic Beasts Movie Screenplay

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The next instalment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise – The Crimes of Grindelwald – might not be hitting cinemas until later this year, but that hasn’t stopped writer J.K. Rowling from resting on her laurels. Nope, definitely not. She’s currently got three new projects in the pipeline and there seems to be something for everyone in her latest offerings.

Yesterday (30 May) Rowling provided her fans with answers to some of their most pressing questions on her official blog, and of course the first question answered concerned what she was currently writing. So what can we look forward to? Well more from the pen of Robert Galbraith, the next Fantastic Beasts script and a children’s book set outside of the wizarding world.

“I’ve just finished the fourth Galbraith novel, Lethal White, and I’m now writing the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts 3. After that I’ll be writing another book for children. I’ve been playing with the (non-Harry Potter/wizarding world) story for about six years, so it’s about time I get it down on paper.”

While I am very intrigued to see what new world she will create for this new children’s book, it is the news of the next Fantastic Beasts script that is most exciting and has me eagerly anticipating the release of the upcoming Crimes of Grindelwald.

As to be expected, Rowling doesn’t share any more details about the third film, no doubt that would spoil Crimes of Grindelwald after all, but luckily we do have some details about that movie.

The second film jumps time a bit and is set in post-World War II. The story is told across three different countries: North America, the UK and France (specifically, Paris, New York, and London), and sees a young Dumbledore (Jude Law) have his friendship with Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) destroyed when Grindelwald turns dark and tries to enforce a new regime of pure-blooded wizards. When Grindelwald escapes from prison, it’s down to Dumbledore and his former student Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to fight back. Fans will also be pleased to journey back to Hogwarts with Newt at some stage in the film.

The cover of the film’s screenplay was released on Wednesday and contains some clues for the film. Head over to Pottermore to read what they have discovered so far.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is in cinemas November 16.

Clare Sidoti
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