Before the newest series of films in the Harry Potter universe drop, its director has made a full commitment to the new franchise. David Yates, who helmed the first film, told The Hollywood Reporter that he is, albeit unofficially, on board to direct all five films in the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them series. Yates previously directed four installments of the Harry Potter franchise.
“I love making films, and I’ve got a great team, all of whom are like family,” Yates told THR.
Fantastic Beasts stars Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as magizoologist Newt Scamander and hits theaters on November 18. The film also stars Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Ron Perlman and Carmen Ejogo.
Harry Potter creator and the films screenwriter J.K. Rowling also mentioned she is on board to write all five films. The series had previously set to be a trilogy until recent news revealed it would instead be extended to five films. The film is Rowling’s first outing as a screenwriter.
Rowling told THR she is looking forward to the challenge of writing four more screenplays.
““I’m never complacent — I’m always feeling like I gotta do my best work, and I’m always pretty hard on myself,” Rowling told THR. “We’ve set ourselves an ambitious story to tell in five movies, but it’s going to be challenging and exciting — all the things I like.”