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'Fantastic Beasts' franchise grows to 5 films

 

Associated Press

New York, United States  /  Fri, October 14, 2016  /  01:43 pm
'Fantastic Beasts' franchise grows to 5 films

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, from left, Katherine Waterston, Eddie Redmayne, Alison Sudol and Dan Folger in a scene from "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." At a fan event for the upcoming film in London on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, J.K. Rowling revealed that the budding franchise will now stretch to five films. The first, starring Eddie Redmayne, opens November 18. (Warner Bros via AP/Jaap Buitendijk)

J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" isn't going to be a trilogy, it's going to be a pentalogy.

At a fan event for the upcoming film in London on Thursday, the author revealed that the budding franchise will now stretch to five films. The first, starring Eddie Redmayne, opens November 18.

(Read also: Fall Preview: J.K. Rowling's Potter world roars back to life)

The announcement, which Warner Bros. confirmed, immediately fueled conjecture that the "Harry Potter" prequel, set decades before Potter's birth, could lead right up to the young wizard.

The second "Fantastic Beasts" is already in pre-production, and due in theaters November 2018.

 

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