Since Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 2 is expected in theaters by next November, a lot of movement is going to be reported on in the next couple of months. And as luck would have it, it looks like we have our first tease of just where the project is from the architect of the Wizarding World herself, J.K. Rowling! Known to tease her fans with cryptic messages of adventure and sequels, she recently released the following photo of a simple image that sums up where the sequel to last year's Harry Potter prequel hit is at.
So if Rowling's extreme close-up of her writing credit is what we think it is, then this tweet is confirmation that she's at least handed in her final script for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 2. Though considering the timetable needed to get this show on the road in a reasonable amount of time, this could be a hint that not only has her script been submitted to the Warner Bros. brass, but it's probably being distributed to everyone involved in the production. We say that because, like all good watermarked scripts, her name is also seen in big letters, denoting it's her own personal copy of the document.
It's not a stretch to imagine that the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is already written, especially since director David Yates reported as far back as last summer that J.K. Rowling had already written a script. Surely the time between then and now was enough for Rowling to see the reaction to the film, gather some intel on what fans liked and disliked and ultimately use that information to create the bigger, brighter draft she now presumably holds in her hands.
While there's always the off chance that a couple pages will be re-written, a line is changed here and there, or a scene is reworked around whomever is cast as young Dumbledore, it looks like we're just that much closer to seeing Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 2 become a cinematic reality. Now if only we could find some more info on who they actually are casting as young Dumbledore.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 2, which will presumably find itself a new title before too late, looks to be heading to theaters on November 16, 2018. Though should any sort of rescheduling come into play, you can bet we here at CinemaBlend will report back as soon as we hear about it.