Warner Bros. slots 'Harry Potter' spin-off trilogy, more Lego movies
DC isn’t getting all of Warner Bros.’ franchise love. As part of today’s news dump—which also included the announcement of a whopping 10 DC films—the studio also laid out the future of two other giant properties: Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the Lego Movie universe.
Warner had already set the first installment of Beasts, which centers on Hogwarts textbook author Newt Scamander, for release Nov. 18, 2016. Today, it revealed that two follow-up films will bow in 2018 and 2020—and there may be more coming. CEO Kevin Tsujihara said that Fantastic Beasts will be “at least a trilogy,” according to a tweet from Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz.
(If nothing else, J.K. Rowling’s excited: Last week the author tweeted out an anagram, ultimately revealed to read “Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours,” which she said is “the first sentence of a synopsis of Newt’s story.”)
Meanwhile, the studio confirmed that Lego Batman is indeed headed for a 2017 release, while The Lego Movie 2, originally scheduled for that year, will debut in 2018. The Lego spinoff Ninjago is still set to hit theaters in September 2016.