So if you've been having withdrawal from the Harry Potter universe (like myself), never fear! The release date for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has just been announced. The J.K. Rowling-penned adaptation will hit theaters on November 18, 2016. On an slightly unrelated note, did anyone else love when the Potter movies came out in mid-November? I always felt that Harry Potter and the winter season coincided very well together, so this release date makes me smile.
Set 70 years before the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts follows Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who sets out to discover fascinating creates in uncharted terrain. The short book reads as an encyclopedia (with a forward by Albus Dumbledore) of all the beasts Scamander encounters. It's really cute, but it's a bit unclear how the movies will play out exactly.
The series has yet to announce a director (or a director for the first installment), but may I suggest Guillermo del Toro? Even if you had a problem with Hellboy or Pacific Rim, you have to admit, his work is staggeringly original. Who do I have to call at Warner Bros.?