"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" spinoff, will be made into a trilogy of blockbuster films, a New York Times interview revealed over the weekend.
According to the New York Times, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara played a key role in persuading Rowling to put more of her writing on the big screen.
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"When I say [Tsujihara] made 'Fantastic Beasts' happen, it isn’t P.R.-speak but the literal truth," the award-winning author told The Times in an email. "We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call, and then I got out the rough draft that I’d thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting."
"Fantastic Beasts" was published in 2001 as a supplement to Rowling's "Harry Potter" series. It was billed as a copy of one of Potter's textbooks by fictional magizoologist Newt Scamander and set 70 years before the events of the original book series.
Warner Bros. first announced last September that Rowling had agreed to adapt the Potter spinoff for the big screen.
"Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 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 author said in a statement at the time. "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, 70 years before Harry's gets underway."
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