HARRY POTTER Director David Yates in Talks to Helm Spinoff FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

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As the director behind the final four Harry Potter films starting with Order of the Phoenix, filmmaker David Yates was likely the most well-versed filmmaker in Potter lore.  Chris Columbus kicked the franchise off with the first two films, Alfonso Cuaron brought a maturity and unique artistic quality to the series, and Mike Newell injected his inherent Britishness into the franchise, but it was Yates who handled the conclusion of The Boy Who Lived.  And so it’s fitting that it now looks like he will get to start a Harry Potter franchise of his own, as news comes that Yates is in talks to helm the first installment in the spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  More after the jump.

J.K. Rowling Writes New HARRY POTTER Story Providing Update on 34-Year-Old Harry and Friends

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out almost seven years ago, and ended with a touching epilogue where the main characters were now sending their children off to Hogwarts.  There were minor clues about what they chose to do after saving the world, but it was summed up wonderfully with the final line, “All was well.”  While Rowling has stated on multiple occasions that Harry Potter’s story is finished and that there won’t be any more books, there’s nothing wrong with checking in on the characters, especially if you do it in a fun way.

Rowling has taken to Pottermore, the official interactive Harry Potter website, to provide an update on a 34-year-old Harry Potter and other members of Dumbledore’s Army.  However, you have to cut through Rita Skeeter’s poison pen to gleam the truth.  Hit the jump for more.

THE CASUAL VACANCY Miniseries Cast Announced; Michael Gambon Leads HBO/BBC’s J.K. Rowling Adaptation

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Though Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is currently taking her first crack at scriptwriting by adapting her own book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for Warner Bros., another one of her works that has absolutely nothing to do with the Harry Potter world is firming up on the small screen.  The BBC and HBO are partnering on a miniseries adaptation of Rowling’s first post-Potter novel The Casual Vacancy, and now the cast has been announced for the anticipated effort.  Leading the charge is Dumbledore himself Michael Gambon, who will play Howard Mollison in the adaptation, which revolves around the lives of a number of people living in a small town who are affected by the sudden death of a town council member.  In the fight to fill the vacant seat, the various wars of the town (rich vs. poor, parents vs. teenagers, etc.) are brought to the surface.

Hit the jump to check out the announced cast and to read a synopsis for the book.

Alfonso Cuaron in Talks to Direct J.K. Rowling’s FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

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After delivering one of the most ambitious films ever made and winning the Oscar for Best Director, it appears that Gravity filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron isn’t keen on going small-scale for his next feature.  Reporter Nikki Finke tweets that Cuaron is “deep in talks” to take the director’s chair on the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  Should the deal come through, Cuaron would return to the world of Harry Potter a decade after helming arguably the best film in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  The script for Fantastic Beasts was written by author J.K. Rowling herself, and though the story takes place in the same universe as Harry Potter, it’s set in an earlier time period and doesn’t involve any of the main characters from the series.  Hit the jump for more.

HARRY POTTER Spinoff FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Set for November 18, 2016 Release

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Though development continues quietly on the Harry Potter spinoff film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it appears that the project is far enough along to stake out a release date.  Warner Bros. has announced that Fantastic Beasts will open in theaters on November 18, 2016, five days before an untitled Disney Animation film and a couple of weeks after Fox’s Trolls.  The film is based on the J.K. Rowling book of the same name, which takes place within the Harry Potter universe but doesn’t involve any of the main characters from the insanely popular book series.  Rowling herself is penning the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but a director has yet to be attached.

Hit the jump for more on the project, including how closely it will be tied to Harry Potter.

HBO Teaming with BBC for J.K. Rowling Miniseries Adaptation THE CASUAL VACANCY; Filming Begins This Summer

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The miniseries adaptation of author J.K. Rowling’s first post-Harry Potter novel The Casual Vacancy is getting a high-profile partner.  We learned last year that the BBC was developing an adaptation of the novel in miniseries format, and now HBO has come aboard the project to co-produce the three-hour event.  In a story that is wildly different from the Potter universe, The Casual Vacancy revolves around the lives of a number of people living in a small town who are affected by the sudden death of a town council member.  In the fight to fill the vacant seat, the various wars of the town (rich vs. poor, parents vs. teenagers, etc.) are brought to the surface.  Rowling uses the story to explore themes like social class structure, the welfare state, drugs, and politics, making the miniseries format an excellent fit for the story.

Hit the jump for more on HBO and BBC’s plans for The Casual Vacancy miniseries, including how soon it might come to the small screen and which creatives will be bringing it to fruition.

HARRY POTTER Author J.K. Rowling Admits Hermione Should Have Wed Harry

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Some new comments from author J.K. Rowling may please certain Harry Potter shippers while upsetting others.  In an interview by series star Emma Watson, Rowling expressed uncertainty over the relationship between Ron and Hermione, admitting that it made more sense in hindsight to pair Hermione with Harry instead.  There are plenty of fans of the books and movies (and fanfic) who fall on either side of this divide, so Rowling may have stirred up a hornet’s nest, unintentionally or otherwise.  See what Rowling had to say after the jump.

Warner Bros. Says Wonder Woman Might Be in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN; J.K. Rowling Will Have Time to Work on FANTASTIC BEASTS

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Warner Bros. has been one of the braver studios when it comes to taking chances on risky projects.  It’s paid off in a big way lately with Gravity, and they also distributed Pacific Rim as well as last year’s Cloud Atlas.  The studio can afford to take these risks because they’ve got some heavy hitters in the franchise department, most notably their DC superheroes.  Superman got back on his feet and in the sky with Man of Steel, and Batman will be returning for 2015′s Batman vs. Superman.  In addition to bringing back the Dark Knight, the studio has also managed to revive Harry Potter with the spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Hit the jump for how Wonder Woman Batman vs. Superman; plus an update timetable for Fantastic Beasts.

TOP 5: INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 Interviews, Oscar Beat, HARRY POTTER Spinoff Film Series in the Works from J.K. Rowling, Cinemath, TIFF 2013 Coverage

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Having played in limited release since August, director James Ponsoldt‘s high school drama The Spectacular Now finally made its way to my Midwestern neck of the woods this weekend and I jumped at the chance to see it last night. Although it elicited fewer laughs than I expected, the film levied an emotional punch that I’m still shaking off today. As has been noted by many before me, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley‘s performances are fantastic and their chemistry is palpable from beginning to end (one scene in which Woodley’s Aimee describes her dreams of a perfect marriage stands out to me in particular). Moreover, Kyle Chandler‘s turn as Teller’s estranged father is as powerful as it is short-lived. If you have the slightest interest in the coming-of-age genre, and this film is playing nearby, take the time to see it. Few in the genre capture the nuance of high-school love and personal demons as honestly as The Spectacular Now.

With that ringing endorsement behind me, this week’s Top 5 includes a slew of Insidious: Chapter 2 interviews, Adam keeping his finger on the pulse of awards season with his recurring Oscar Beat feature, news that Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling are teaming up for a new film series inspired by Harry Potter, a new installment of Cinemath that takes a look at the history of movie ticket prices, and a recap of our robust TIFF 2013 coverage. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara Says Ben Affleck is “Perfect” as a “Tired, Weary and Seasoned” Batman, Plus More on J.K. Rowling’s New HARRY POTTER Film

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It’s good to be the king.  I imagine that when Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara took the podium during a press conference today, he didn’t even have to ask the gathered masses to take a knee in deference.  I mean, the guy walks in to talk about bringing Batman on screen against Superman for the first time ever in Batman vs. Superman, and knows that none other than Ben Affleck will be given that honor.  As if that weren’t enough, Tsujihara also gets to add that “one more thing”, which just so happens to be a new partnership with J.K. Rowling, who will write the screenplay for at least one more movie set in the world of Harry Potter.  See what Tsujihara had to say on both properties after the jump.

Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling Reteam for New Film Series Inspired by HARRY POTTER Books; Rowling to Pen the Screenplay

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Since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, everyone has been talking about Warner Bros.’ attempt to find “the next Harry Potter.”  Though there have been a few attempts to fill the void created by the conclusion of the box office juggernaut series, the studio has yet to have another franchise take off like Harry Potter did.  So, what are they to do?  Well begin a “Harry Potter-inspired” franchise with author J.K. Rowling onboard, of course.  The studio announced today that it is reteaming with Rowling on “a new film series from Rowling’s world of witches and wizards” that is inspired by Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which begins in New York 70 years prior to the events of Harry Potter.  Hit the jump for more on this very exciting news.

J.K. Rowling’s THE CASUAL VACANCY Set for BBC Series Adaptation

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Author J.K. Rowling’s first post-Harry Potter novel is getting the television treatment. BBC One and BBC Drama are teaming up on a series adaptation of Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy.  The book hit shelves this September and was met with a fairly positive response, though Rowling admittedly wrote a novel that was wildly different from her beloved Harry Potter series.  The story focuses on the lives of a number of people living in a small town who are affected by the sudden death of a town council member, but it’s not exactly that simple.  Hit the jump for more details on the series.

New Clip From the HARRY POTTER WIZARD’S COLLECTION Blu-ray Set; J.K. Rowling to Participate in Live Webcast

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A new clip from the upcoming Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection Blu-ray and DVD has made it online, featuring Daniel Radcliff (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron) and director Alfonso Cuarón discussing the third film the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which Cuarón took over after original director Chris Columbus stepped down.  The clip is part of an epic collection that will span 31 discs, available September 7th.  However, if you want a piece of it immediately, your orders have to be in by Harry’s birthday (meaning today): July 31st.

The film discussed in the clip is a polarizing one for fans, some of whom (myself included) see it as an artistic achievement, and though it is long, it’s exceptionally engaging.  Others simply find it just long, too artsy, and very dark (especially compared to the first two films in the series).  To see the video and learn more behind-the-scenes info about the film and the upcoming collection, hit the jump.  Also, get the scoop on the all-new Harry Potter Reading Club.

A Clip of a Conversation Between J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves from the Upcoming HARRY POTTER Wizard’s Collection Blu-ray

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The upcoming Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection Blu-ray box set will cost you a pretty penny ($349.96 worth of pretty pennies on Amazon), but it’s got some exclusive special features you won’t find anywhere else.  One such feature is a conversation between author J.K. Rowling and screenwriter Steve Kloves, who penned all of the movies except for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  A clip from their conversation has gone online, and now I wish I could watch the whole thing.  I’m not sure I’d pay $349.96 to watch the whole thing, but at least we know there’s going to be worthwhile content in this set.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection Blu-ray box set will be available to own on September 7th.

J.K. Rowling’s THE CASUAL VACANCY Book Cover Revealed and New Synopsis

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We don’t often cover books here at Collider, but when we do, we prefer to talk about J.K. Rowling.  The author of the Harry Potter series and creative mind behind a lot of the franchise’s expanded marketing has a new novel that will be released September 27th.  Rowling’s first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, concerns a veritable war over an empty seat on the council of the small fictional town of Pagford.  The book is basically guaranteed to be a best-seller, but I’m curious to see how fans will react to a non-Potter story.  The Casual Vacancy promises to be a good test of Rowling’s creative story-telling ability.  Hit the jump to check out the full cover and read the novel’s updated synopsis.

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