In an interview with LATimes, Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara discusses what went wrong for Crimes of Grindelwald:
J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts” sequel did not do as well as expected. What happened?
The second film didn’t perform as well as the first, but I think we know what we need to do to get the third film hopefully even better than the first one. And J.K. Rowling is really working hard now on that third script, and we’re going to get it right. She has an incredible vision of where she wants to go with this that is incredibly exciting.
The hardest part of the franchise is you have such a big core fan base. That fan base really knows the lore and they want to go deep into these characters. But what you don’t want to do is intimidate people. You want to be able to create a stand-alone movie that’s enjoyable for someone who isn’t steeped in the lore.
It seems they tipped the scales whilst trying to find that balance between hard-core and casual fans enjoyment of the film.
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