Thanks to Collider, we have a new short interview with Fantastic Beasts producer David Heyman about the first in the movie series:
Collider: Obviously, it’s very difficult to successfully adapt any book series, and you did that, above and beyond, with the Harry Potter films. What does it mean to you to have had a hand in that, and what are the biggest concerns for you, in continuing that legacy with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?
DAVID HEYMAN: What does it mean? I don’t know. It’s just about doing the best you can, telling stories in a way that is making good films with characters that people of any age can relate to and that move an audience. It’s really exciting to be embarking upon Fantastic Beasts. I can’t wait. Jo [Rowling] has got such an incredible imagination, and it’s lovely to be in the wizarding world again.
How far along are you in the development process for Fantastic Beasts, and do you know when you’ll start shooting?
HEYMAN: Jo is writing, and we don’t yet have a start date. We’re in the very early stages of pre-production and development.
There’s been talk about certain actors possibly getting involved. How excited are you to possibly have Eddie Redmayne as the star, and how soon do you think you’ll announce your lead actor?
HEYMAN: There are a few big parts. We’re early on in our casting process. There are some really exciting possibilities for the parts, but we’re still very early on in the journey.
We hope to hear more about casting and definite character roles soon!