Friday, September 13, 2013

J.K. Rowing to Write "Fantastic Beasts" Movie

Does it count as fairy tale news?

Considering the book in question Ms. Rowling is basing her first movie script on (as in, she's actually penning the script) is very heavy in referencing traditional folklore and mythology (with a Rowling twist, of course), I'm going to say this is absolutely of interest to the fairy tale community and am running with it. :)

You know the book. Most of you probably have a copy in your personal library and are lamenting the fact there isn't more to the collection but fear not: there is more from the world of Harry Potter on its way - from Rowling herself.

Announced on her Facebook page yesterday (9/12/13):

Warner Bros. announced on 12th September 2013 that J.K. Rowling would be making her screenwriting debut with 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them', the first in a new film series which is part of their expanded creative partnership with J.K. Rowling. The films will be inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook of the same name, and will feature the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander. 

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of 'Fantastic Beasts', realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood. 

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros. 

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway. 

I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”

(Emphasis in bold is mine.)

Did you notice? It said "FIRST IN A SERIES". *happy dance*

Happy Friday 13th!

Fairy tale bonus of the day:
For more Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, along with Hogwarts' student scribbles, go check HERE.

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