Newt Scamander actor Eddie Redmayne recently shared a little Fantastic Beasts 3 filming update. The "exciting" note came from him, and I have to say I'm excited to see Warner Bros. is taking its time with this movie, changing course from the initial plan to start filming over summer 2019 to reworking J.K. Rowling's script and now starting in early 2020.
Eddie Redmayne was at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting The Aeronauts when he was asked about Fantastic Beasts 3.
That's not nothing to me! First of all, I'll take "really exciting" any day, even from an actor who is obviously biased because he's the star of the franchise. It's his job to talk up the movie. However, it is a slight surprise -- a pleasant one, maybe? -- to hear Eddie Redmayne tell ET the script is still being worked on.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has talked about planning for five movies in this Fantastic Beasts franchise, and she's going to write all of them. However, The Crimes of Grindelwald script was a point of criticism for many fans.
In February 2019, now former Warner Bros. exec Kevin Tsujihara admitted the second movie was a disappointment; he said J.K. Rowling was working on the third movie's script to make it better:
Fantastic Beasts 3 was originally set to start filming this past July 2019, but it was delayed several months to late autumn for more prep time, and to work on the script.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opened in November 2016, with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opening in November 2018. Fantastic Beasts 3 -- title to come -- was originally eyeing a November 2020 release date to stick with the two-year schedule. But, wisely, The Powers That Be decided to take a step back after the second movie wasn't received as well as the first.
So we went from Summer 2019 to Fall 2019 to Spring 2020 for production, or "the beginning of next year," per Eddie Redmayne. To quote the Avengers, whatever it takes.
There's no need to rush a movie until it's ready, and Fantastic Beasts 3 has a big job ahead. Fans have a lot of questions, especially after that massive Dumbledore twist, and J.K.Rowling did promise "answers" are coming. Here's what else we know so far about what's ahead in Fantastic Beasts 3.
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