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David Yates Addresses the State of ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Series

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The 'Harry Potter' director says that he's taking a pause from the Wizardly World for now.

Director David Yates took time to work on his new Netflix film Pain Hustlers, while Warner Bros. Fantastic Beasts franchise was put on ice for the foreseeable future. The veteran Harry Potter director helmed three of the five planned Fantastic Beasts films and says it’s allowed him to dip into other less-wizardly worlds. 

The Current State of the Fantastic Beasts Franchise 

The Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie franchise has officially been put on hold. Director David Yates told Total Film magazine in an interview that. Originally planned to have five films that expanded on the world of the Harry Potter movies. The franchise, headlined by Eddie Redmayne, has released three so far – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018), and The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022).  

However, the declining box office success of each film has made the five movies look unrealistic. “With Beasts, it’s all just parked,” Yates said. “We made those three movies, the last one through a pandemic, and it was enormous fun, but it was tough. We were actually filming when there wasn’t a vaccine. Thankfully, no one got sick, but we did have the most detailed protocols in place.” 

Out of the eight films based on the seven Harry Potter books, Yates directed the last four: The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows: Part One, and Part Two. In addition, Yates took on the prequel films with the three Fantastic Beasts films, with J.K. Rowling penning the story for each.

“We were all so proud of [Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore] and when it went out into the world, we just needed to sort of stop and pause and take it easy.’ Yates said. He said Rowling’s five-film plan for Fantastic Beasts was never directly communicated to him or others when they started the work on the first movie in the series.

“The idea that there were going to be five films was a surprise to most of us,” he said. “Jo just mentioned it spontaneously at a press screening once. No one had told us there were going to be five, we’d committed to the first one… I’m sure at some point we’ll be back. But yeah, I haven’t spoken to Jo, I haven’t spoken to our producer David Heyman, I haven’t spoken to Warner Bros; we’re just taking a pause. It’s quite nice. It allows me to do stuff like this.” 

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Moving On from the Wizardly World

Yates’s recent comments refer to his latest directorial release, the Netflix pharmaceutical crime drama Pain Hustlers. Starring Chris Evans and Emily Blunt, the film was bought by Netflix in a $50 million deal.

“Having spent such a long time making films about wizards, I wanted to do a film in the real world and a social issue-driven one, but one that wasn’t too earnest and serious,” Yates said in a previous interview with Variety at the premiere for Pain Hustlers at the Toronto International Film Festival. “I wanted to tell a story that was entertaining and funny in a subversive kind of way. I’m moving from a heightened world of J.K. Rowling, but I’m not going straight to kitchen-sink drama. The characters here are so heightened and crazy, and the world is so intense.”

Pain Hustlers will be available for streaming on October 27 on Netflix.

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Matt Keyser is a recent graduate of Cal State Fullerton University with a bachelor's in Communications-Journalism. He is a freelance entertainment reporter with a focus on film and television. As a former senior programming coordinator for the Newport Beach Film Festival, Matt's experience with critiquing narratives and documentaries has helped showcase his passion for television and cinema through his writing.