'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' Sequel Lands 2018 Release Date

Even though "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" hasn't hit theaters yet, its sequel has landed an official release date. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the second "Fantastic Beasts" film will arrive on November 16, 2018, with JK Rowling and director David Yates returning alongside David Heyman and Steve Kloves.

Set in 1920s New York, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is an expansion of the “Harry Potter” universe that centers on magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), whose textbook is later used by Harry, Ron, Hermione and the other students at Hogwarts. Rowling -- who penned her first screenplay for the first film -- has already written the sequel, which has Yates attached as director.

According to the report, the second "Fantastic Beasts" film will explore "an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world," which could refer to the rise of Gellert Grindelwald, a dark wizard with ties to Albus Dumbledore who came to full power around the time of World War II. In the sequel, Newt and his friends will have to "decide on their allegiances."

Rowling will produce the film alongside Heyman, Kloves and Lionel Wigram, with Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen executive producing.

Directed by David Yates, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens Nov. 16.

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