J.K. Rowling's Delivering On Her Threat Of A Fantastic Beasts Trilogy - Sequel Already Has A Release Date

It's hitting in 2018, with David Yates once again directing.

Fantastic Beasts Sequel
Warner Bros. Pictures

Word's been pretty muted on the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find them adaptation (a term I use in the lightest possible sense given that the "book" is just a very light fake textbook), probably because there's been a bit of a different Potter furore recently, but now J.K. Rowling's gearing up to deliver on the threat she's been making about the damned thing being a trilogy.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 2 (subtitle pending) has just had its first confirmed details, with David Yates locked in as director (despite The Legend Of Tarzan being less than not OK) and has a release date, 16th November 2018.

This essentially means that they're trying to get the movies out on a bi-annual basis, which fits with the modern rate of franchises, although I wouldn't be surprised if this single film ends up being a back-to-back trilogy closer, with Warner hoping to take the lucrative Fall release that made Hunger Games such a success for several years.

What it says of the film's quality, however, remains to be seen. Greenlighting a sequel before the first film's out is commonplace now (Warner have been doing that with abandon for DC), and really only means that anyone who doesn't like Harry Potter (what's wrong with you) is in for a rough few years.

Fantastic Beasts is in cinemas on 17th November 2016, with the sequel almost exactly two years later.

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Film Editor (2014-2016). Loves The Usual Suspects. Hates Transformers 2. Everything else lies somewhere in the middle. Once met the Chuckle Brothers.