The magic of the Harry Potter franchise is set to continue this year with the upcoming release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Just like half of the Harry Potter films, the latest film will follow suit with its PG-13 rating.
As stated in the official document released by the Motion Picture Association of America, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will get such rating because of its portrayal of “fantasy action violence.” The document apparently did not divulge further information. Nonetheless, it is expected that the film will have plenty of action scenes as magical creatures wreak havoc in New York.
The first four Harry Potter films, The Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, and Order of the Phoenix, all garnered a PG rating. The succeeding films then received a PG-13 rating.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will follow the story of magizoologist Newt Scamander. He was featured in the series as the author of a textbook used by Hogwarts students. The textbook depicts the various creatures in the wizarding world.
The new film takes place in the early 1920s when Newt arrives in New York with a suitcase full of beasts. However, he accidentally lets them loose, and he’s now on a mission to retrieve them before they completely ruin the city.
While the film is set to come out in 2018, Warner Bros. Pictures already gave the green light for three Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them “megamovies.”
As per Entertainment Weekly, David Yates will come back to direct the sequel. J.K. Rowling herself has penned the script for it. Yates is excited because the British author is starting to develop Newt’s world further.
“We’ve seen the script for Part 2, for the second movie, which takes the story in a whole new direction – as you should, you don’t want to repeat yourself. The second movie introduces new characters as she builds this part of the Harry Potter universe further.”
Apart from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, reports have recently emerged about the studio’s plan to turn Harry Potter and the Cursed Child into a film.
A New York Daily News insider revealed that the studio is prepared to spend a lot of money on the Cursed Child film as long as Daniel Radcliffe will join the project.
“Warners is secretly working on getting the movie rights and a screenplay settled, and of course in their minds only one man should be Harry. However, he has made it clear that his mind is certainly not focused on returning to the role anytime soon — and that could be until he hits 40.”
However, amid reports that Radcliffe is being sought for the film, Warner Bros. officially shunned the rumors. According to the Movie Network, the studio considers Cursed Child as a stage play “with no plans for a film.”
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child received mixed reviews, as some believed that it lacked the depth and charm of the Harry Potter books and films. Some fans have pleaded for Rowling to stop her Twitter apologies, character explanations, and other add-ons that might ruin the magic of the story that she ended nine years ago.
Stephen King understands Rowling. He cited several reasons to Independent as to why Rowling finds it difficult to let go of the magical realm.
“There are two things. I think she likes the Harry Potter people, and it’s a little bit hard for her to let go. And she’s aware that there are millions and millions of people who loved those books. Writers feel responsibility to their readers, and some of that is a way of saying to the fans, ‘If you want a little more, I’ll give you a little more.'”
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