Last month we heard that the Harry Potter movie universe would continue with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a film inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook of the same name and the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.
While promoting Gravity David Heymen, who produced all of the Harry Potter movies, confirmed that he will be returning for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Heyman, who confirmed that he will be producing the film, said that Rowling hasn’t turned in a finished script just yet, but that “Jo is at work” and tremendously excited about the project. “She’s not doing it for any other reason other than she loves the world and she had a story that she wanted to tell,” he said.
The producer said Rowling has no shortage of plot ideas for Fantastic Beasts because she knows Newt Scamander’s history so thoroughly — after all, she created him. “The fact that she’s going to this world means there are stories to tell,” he said. “When I was doing the Harry Potters, what was clear to me is that Jo’s knowledge of this world is infinite. What you read in the books was just the surface of her knowledge. She had notebook upon notebook of stuff. I would call her and say, ‘What’s the sixth use of dragon’s blood?’ and she’d have it at her fingertips.”
Heymen returning is a good sign, and one that was expected. Having produced all the previous Potter films he knows the world well and should help J.K Rowling and Warner Bros. produce another great series of films.