Fantastic Beasts To Begin Shooting This Summer

Thanks to Hypable we have some interesting new information on the first Fantastic Beasts movie – that it may be the only one?

While promoting his new family film Paddington today, Fantastic Beasts producer David Heyman revealed a couple of tidbits about the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff.

Heyman, who produced all eight Harry Potter movies said that Stuart Craig, the production designer behind the entire Wizarding World series, is returning for Fantastic Beasts.

“The experience of conjuring up these worlds is such fun,” Heyman said. “So to do it with [Rowling] and with [screenwriter] Steve Kloves and [producer] Lionel Wigram is involved too, and with [director] David Yates, and Stuart Craig will be designing it; it’s great. It’s exciting, and it’s a great world to return to.”

Heyman also revealed that Fantastic Beasts will begin shooting in “late summer”. Until today we only knew that the plan was to start filming in 2015.

As for casting? “Early, early, early days. Really early days. I mean we’re at the very beginning.”

Interestingly, Heyman also commented on the fact that Fantastic Beasts will be a trilogy with this remark: “We’re making just one film, but I believe there’s been talk about it being three. But we’re just talking about it as one.”

One could interpret that comment – particularly the last sentence – as meaning that the first film will have a firm ending, but maybe he just means that they don’t have a script for the next film. After all, we know that J.K. Rowling only just finished writing the first.

The first Fantastic Beasts is due out November 18th 2016.