Even though David Yates is busy helming Warner Bros. anticipated “Tarzan” film, he may also be headed back to familiar territory as the director is reportedly in talks to helm the Harry Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.”
Citing unspecified sources, Variety says that David Yates, who directed four of the eight Harry Potter feature adaptations, is in negotiations to direct the first “Fantastic Beasts” film.
After helming the Harry Potter films – “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” “Half-Blood Prince” and “Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2” – Yates returned to Warner Bros. for the mentioned “Tarzan” movie.
We learned last fall that J.K. Rowling was penning a screenplay to adapt her Harry Potter bonus book – a mock textbook cataloging various magical beasts that exist in the Harry Potter universe – “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.”
The story is expected to pick up some seventy years before Harry Potter set foot in Hogwarts, and would follow fictional “Fantastic Beasts” author Newt Scamander during his exploration of the subject. Since then, we learned that the adaptation would actually be a trilogy, with the first part set to arrive in theaters November 2016.
There was talk of “Prisoner of Azkaban” director Alfonso Cuaron possibly directing “Fantastic Beasts,” but that was later debunked. And we’ve been left to wait to see who might step up to tackle Beasts and bring J.K. Rowling’s newest vision of this magical world to the big screen.