At first, it wasn't entirely clear what the overall plan was the long term success of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. There was initially some question as to whether it would be a trilogy or a stand-alone film. Now, however, it's official that a sequel is coming to a movie that won't be out for another four months. Hopefully everybody will love Newt Scamander because Fantastic Beasts 2 is happening.
We'd already expected a sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Director David Yates told us a month ago that J.K. Rowling had already written the screenplay. However, today Warner Bros. has officially announced that the film is on the way. For what it's worth, the press release says that Rowling "is scripting" the sequel, which at least implies it's not quite done yet. As far as what the sequel will be about, Warner Bros. is obviously vague, but they did give us a small plot description, which gives us a taste of what will be going down:
The second Fantastic Beasts movie moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them isn't so much based on a J.K. Rowling book as it is inspired by them. There was no novel that tells this story, so we don't really know what the movie itself is actually about. We know that Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, the possessor of a case full of magical creatures. We know that many of them escape and Newt must try to get them back. However, this description for the sequel hints at a much broader story. Something else is apparently going on that is affecting the entire wizarding world. It makes the story a bit more like a Harry Potter novel than it previously sounded.
Of course, how much any of this description will have a bearing on the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is anybody's guess. Will the first film simply end in a place that sets this up? It's also possible that this entire concept will be new to the second film. We'd guess that whatever it is that forces our heroes to choose sides will be a major part of the first movie. If J.K. Rowling already has the sequel script more or less written, she likely had an idea of where she was going when she wrote the first one.
If there's a sequel coming, we can lay decent odds that there's actually a trilogy on the way. Are you excited to know you'll be getting even more from the wizarding world? Let us know how excited you are, after you put down your copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.