Huge news out of Hollywood this morning as Warner Brothers and J.K. Rowling announced a massive new partnership deal minutes ago for an epic new Harry Potter-inspired film series. The first movie in the series is entitled Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, an original story based on the Hogwarts text book that appears on a reading list in the first Potter tome, Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone. Nancy Tartaglione of Deadline Hollywood writes: “[The first film in the series] will feature magical creatures and characters from the Potter mythology, including the textbook’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander. Rowling says it’s not a sequel or a prequel to the Potter adventures, but will kick off in New York, 70 years before Harry’s story starts [approximately 1930]. ‘Fantastic Beasts’ will also be developed across Warner Brothers’ video game, consumer products and digital initiatives businesses. As part of the newly extended relationship, Warner Brothers has also boarded the BBC adaptation of Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy‘ which goes into production next year. Warner will distribute the series globally, excluding the UK. The relationship between Rowling and Warner will be managed in London by Neil Blair of Rowling’s literary agency The Blair Partnership, and by Warner UK, Ireland and Spain chief Josh Berger.” You can read the full press release by visiting Deadline.com. And if you haven’t yet seen J.K. Rowling’s remarkable Harvard University commencement address, then you absolutely must watch it below. I promise it will make your day.
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