Warner Bros, not content with the eight films they got out of a seven book series, have gone back to the Harry Potter trough once again and came back with the film rights to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The 42 page book, written by Potter author Rowling 2001 to benefit the Comic Relief charity, is a faux-text book (complete with margin notes by Harry Potter and friends) about the various magical creatures that populate the Potterverse. The movie version will follow the adventures of the book’s fictional author, Newt Scamander, and will be set in New York, some 70 years before the events of Harry Potter.
But really, the biggest news here is that the movie will be scripted by J.K. Rowling herself. This will be the first screenplay from the famed author, who left the scripting of the eight films based on her series to other writers.
Given the book’s tenuous connection to the Harry Potter series, having Rowling on board in such a big way goes a long way to making the project look credible, and not like a shallow money-grab.