David Yates in Negotiations to Direct J.K. Rowling's FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

By Amirose Eisenbach August 22, 2014

J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" spin-off series "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" has had several names tossed in the mix to direct but until now, nothing looked concrete. It's being reported that they may have finally locked its director in the form of four time "Harry Potter" helmer David Yates. He is in negotiations to direct the upcoming film but it doesn't appear to be finalized yet.

Yates directed the most profitable final films of the franchise and can certainly be looked at as a safe choice for Warner Bros. He also knows this wizarding world very well and has turned out some solid films, pleasing both fans and non-fans of the books alike.

On the other side of the coin however, many were hoping for a director that has not already previously dabbled with the franchise. That would undoubtedly breathe a new sense of life and energy into the film.

The new film takes place 70 years before the events of the Potter series and centers around an author named Newt Scamander, who has a particular affinity for mystical creatures. It will be interesting to see if fans feel the same kind of connection towards Newt as they have grown so attached to Harry, Hermoine, Ron and the gang from the original literary and film series.

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