by: S. Scott Stanikmas
A little while back we covered the news that JK Rowling was finishing tweaks on her script to Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, the next film based in the Harry Potter universe. Well, announced earlier today via press release from the studio itself, Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced that the textbook used in Hogwarts will be released as a trilogy of films, the first of which is set to come out in 2016 with the next two installments to follow in 2018 and 2020 respectively.
I haven’t read the source material myself but I have to ask the question: Is there really enough story to stretch out across three movies? I get that people love Harry Potter – I’m one of them. But I’m sick to death of everything having to be a trilogy. Did The Hobbit need to be three movies? Did we really need the third Hangover movie? Even with David Yates set to helm this project, will we really need a trio of films for an obscure character that takes place a couple of generations before the main Harry Potter story even takes place?
I know in my first article I was pretty excited for another go round in the Potter-verse, but that was when I thought we’d be getting three different films. I’ll still go see the first one, but I’m going to be a little more leery and judgmental. To keep me hooked for a trilogy of films over the course of five years, it better tell one hell of a story?