‘Fantastic Beast’ 3 Filming Proceeds Despite Coronavirus Pandemic
Fantastic Beast 3 is keeping its schedule to start production despite concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The Warner Bros movie is set to begin filming on Monday, March 16, amid cancellations and delays on the set of other films and TV shows.
According to reports, there is no shutdown of the Fantastic Beast 3 production as of press time. Warner Bros has no plans to delay this filming based on a decision from Disney. However, the report also stated that the studios are fluid thus this may still change in the schedules.
Fantastic Beast 3 has a release date set for Nov. 21, 2021. The third movie is going to bring Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Currently, there are over 100 cases logged for South America, with no reported deaths.
Aside from Redmayne, expected to return are Jacob Kowalski, Ezra Miller, Jude Law, Katherine Waterstone and Johnny Depp. This will the first movie to feature Hogwarts, the wizarding school and there’s an expected appearance of a young Voldemort.
“If you look at what worked with ‘Crimes of Grindelwald,’ it was when they went back to Hogwarts. There were audible gasps from the audience,” box office analyst Jeff Bock said. “People loved seeing Jude Law as Dumbledore. Hopefully, J.K. and the writers realize just because the movie is set in Brazil doesn’t mean we can’t spend half the time at Hogwarts.”
David Yates is going to direct the production from a script written by Steve Kloves. Both have previously collaborated in the Harry Potter franchise.
“I suspect bringing [Kloves] in will bring in more mythology from ‘Harry Potter’ into ‘Fantastic Beasts’ — that’s why you’d hire someone like that,” the analyst said. “He has a lot of knowledge and is trusted by J.K. Rowling to bridge that gap. They need to lead this into a new direction.”