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J.K. Rowling had been the sole writer for the Fantastic Beasts movie franchise, but after the terrible reception of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, WB has found someone to help Rowling write the third film.
As per CNBC, the Fantastic Beasts franchise has brought in Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves to help Rowling write the third film. Kloves has actually helped adapt most of the Potter films to screen, and the only movie not on his filmography is Order of the Phoenix. Interestingly enough, he was also attached as a producer for both Fantastic Beasts movies.
Though Rowling has made an achievement with the way she wrote the Potter books, writing screenplays is an entirely different animal. She may have gotten lucky when it came to the first Fantastic Beasts movie, but the cracks were really beginning to show by the second film. I mean, there was one entire scene where it was all just for exposition. It could probably work in a novel, but it has no place in a film.
Besides, this is just my personal opinion, but I think that Rowling kind of relies too heavily on legacy characters like Dumbledore and Grindelwald. I mean, sure they were important characters in the Potter books, but she ended up making Newt a supporting character in what was supposed to be his own franchise. It’s kind of like Rowling fell into the trap that Star Wars thankfully avoided with the Sequel Trilogy.
For now Fantastic Beasts 3 is set for a release on Nov. 12, 2021.