In a press release issued today via the official J. K. Rowling backed site Pottermore, Warner Bros. set a November 12, 2021 release date for the third Fantastic Beasts movie. While the movie itself remains untitled, the statement set a target of spring for commencing principal photography on the movie, which in turn means we should expect any casting news to show up in the next few weeks.
Ron Sanders, Warner Bros. President of Worldwide Theatrical Distribution and Home Entertainment had this to say in his official statement:
J.K. Rowling created an awe-inspiring universe that has captivated people of all ages, taking us on an extraordinary magical journey. Warner Bros. is so proud to be the cinematic home of the Wizarding World and is excited about the future of the Fantastic Beasts franchise. We look forward to bringing the third chapter of the five-film series to audiences around the globe in November 2021.
The release continues the tradition of the movies booking November slots. What’s however interesting is the year of release; with the previous Fantastic Beasts movie The Crimes of Grindelwald coming out in 2018, the expected year of release was 2020. The additional year could have had to do with the negative reception that the second Fantastic Beasts movie garnered, which would’ve pushed Rowling, Yates and others associated with the franchise back to the drawing board to rework some of their original ideas for the movie. Either that, or the filmmakers simply need more time to make the third movie, as Warner Bros. Chairman Toby Emmerich points out.
We are incredibly excited about and have confidence in the Fantastic Beasts series. We all believe this release date will give the filmmakers time and space to allow their artistry to truly flourish and deliver the best possible film to our fans.
What should also interest fans is that despite the mixed reviews of the second movie, with complaints often directed at its lethargic pacing, Warner Bros. still intends on keeping Fantastic Beasts a five movie series as it was originally envisioned, instead of cutting it down to a trilogy. This means the next two movies should take some massive leaps in their timelines to lead us to the inevitable duel between Grindelwald and Dumbledore on the heels of World War II’s end.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is available on Blu-Ray now.