Is Warner Brothers Dropping the Fantastic Beasts Series?

A few Christmases ago I spent a solid week going from shop to shop, trowling every online toy store, all to find the besten einhorn geschenke für mädchen. The reason being my two daughters had caught a bad case of the unicorn bug. Unicorns and other magical creatures. And how did they catch this bug?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The first installment in what is being now dubbed the Wizarding World Universe. Originally containing the Harry Potter movies, this is Warner Brothers attempt to rival the MCU and reignite the passions of all those who loved the original Harry Potter movies.

And to their credit, it worked. The first Fantastic Beasts movie was a resounding success. Eddie Redmayne gave a stellar performance. The supporting cast was fantastic. The effects were stunning and the creatures were made well enough to sell endless merchandise.

So why is the rumor mill touting that Warner Brothers is considering dropping the entire series? Despite the fact, there are still three more movies to go before the story is wrapped up?

 

The Sequel Curse

The Harry Potter movies worked wonders for a very important reason. They were coming from books. And authors writing a sequel book often have a lot more luck than scriptwriters creating a sequel. There is any number of reasons why, but the biggest is, of course, freedom.

The second Fantastic Beasts movie, Crimes of Grindelwald, did not meet the same success as the first. In fact, it was mostly scored very low by critics and the public alike. The biggest complaint was the disconnected nature of the film. The first movie had clear motivations, plot progression, and characters. The second was trying to set up too much for this Wizarding World universe.

This is a common problem we have seen with many franchises lately. They are all trying to compete with the MCU and create their own universe. But they miss the key factor that made the MCU so successful. Patience. Marvel spent years building their universe, and they did it by creating solo movies that were good. The DCU and the Wizard World universe both try to cram everything into the first or second movie, expecting audiences to take in all the information in one go.

 

Distancing From Rowling

It is no secret that J.K Rowling has made herself a very divisive person. We aren’t going to go into the debate about that. But it could be one of the reasons the studio is considering dropping the series. You cannot have a Harry Potter based movie with her name being all over it. Even if you didn’t put it in the titles, everyone would associate it with her. And while that doesn’t mean the movies would be bad, it wouldn’t be the first time a studio has stepped away from someone to avoid negative press themselves.

 

The Pandemic

The pandemic has caused a lot of turmoil for filmmakers. Especially considering cinemas as we know them are slowly dying. And the Fantastic Beat movies were always designed to be event films, drawing in large crowds. So home releases most likely wouldn’t allow the studio to recoup their costs. At the end of the day, movies are all about money for these studios. So it would not surprise me if this was the biggest reason that led to the series being dropped inf favor of more profitable projects.

 

Of course, all of this is just speculation. It could be the studio is simply going to delay the movie production until the pandemic has passed. That may be a while away yet, but we live in hope it will be sooner rather than later.

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