Eddie Redmayne, who plays magician Newt Scamander in the Harry Potter spinoff series, offers a rough update on Fantastic Beasts 4.
Eddie Redmayne offers a rough update on Fantastic Beasts 4. A spin-off of the beloved Harry Potter movies, the prequel series started in 2016 with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which was met with critical and commercial success. Subtitled the sequel The Crimes of Grindelwald was released two years later and suffered significant critical and commercial decline. Unlike Redmayne, the Fantastic Beasts series also stars Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams and Katherine Waterston.
Rewritten by JK Rowling and directed by David Yates, Dumbledore’s Secrets debuted earlier this year to franchise-worst box office returns. The threequel has been marred by several controversies, including Mads Mikkelson replacing Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, Rowling’s controversial comments about transgender people, and Miller’s repeated arrests. With the series in disarray and Secrets of Dumbledore marks a low for the Wizarding World franchise, it’s unclear if Fantastic Beasts will end as a trilogy, or continue.
During a recent interview with IndieWire promoting his new movie The good nurseRedmayne offers a rough update on the future of the Harry Potter spin-off series. The Fantastic Beasts star hasn’t heard anything about a possible fourth film, though he’d love to play Newt again. Read below how Redmayne reacts:
Not me. It’s more of a question for JK Rowling and David Yates and Warners, but I don’t know I’m afraid. I can’t add anything to that. I like to play Newt, he is a lovely man.
Will Fantastic Beasts 4 really happen?
Redmayne’s comments are just the latest in a long line of bad news for the combatant Fantastic Beasts franchisee. Initially planned as a five-film series, poor reception and declining financial returns meant that Warner Bros. changed course and determined the future of the franchise based on Secrets of Dumbledore‘s box office, the highest-grossing film in the Wizarding World franchisee. Redmayne mentions that a decision rests with Rowling, whose relationship with Warner. Bros remains unclear, and Yates, who has moved on to directing Pain Hustlers for Netflix. There is still some hope Fantastic Beasts 4though, as the studio hasn’t announced an official decision.
Based on the above factors, it would probably be best if: Fantastic Beasts ended as a trilogy. This does not mean that Wizarding World must end all the way, like more Harry Potter spin-offs are still possible, such as an HBO Max series or a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child filming. It doesn’t matter which spin-offs are pursued or, by far, Fantastic Beasts 4 really happens, the focus should be on recapturing the magic of Harry Potter as the Wizarding World franchise wants to flourish again.
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