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Fantastic Beasts 3 Enlists Secret Weapon to Reinvigorate the Franchise

As Fantastic Beasts 3 moves into its last stages of pre-production, the upcoming Harry Potter prequel has recruited a franchise veteran to help bring some classic magic after the diminishing box office and critical returns of last year's Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Screenwriter Steve Kloves, who previously wrote seven of the eight beloved Harry Potter films, has been brought on by the studio to co-write the film's script with franchise creator J.K. Rowling. Rowling wrote the first two films in the franchise, with the studio hoping the veteran screenwriter will be able to work with her to make for a more cinematic experience while including additional nods to the main film series.

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"Adding Steve Kloves is the first good step they’ve made since The Crimes of Grindelwald. I suspect bringing him in will bring in more mythology from Harry Potter into Fantastic Beasts -- that’s why you’d hire someone like that," box office analyst Jeff Bock told Variety. "He has a lot of knowledge and is trusted by J.K. Rowling to bridge that gap. They need to lead this into a new direction.”

Details on the film are currently under wraps, but it's expected to take place in Rio de Janeiro just as the first prequel had been set in New York City and The Crimes of Grindelwald was set primarily in Paris; Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry is expected to appear more prominently than the previous film as well. Principal photography is expected to begin this Spring.

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Franchise veteran David Yates is attached to direct Fantastic Beasts 3, with Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling writing the script with Steve Kloves. The film stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller and Jude Law. The release date for the film is set for Nov. 12, 2021.

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