The director of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie, David Yates, spills the process of coming back to the Wizarding World, the experience of working with J.K. Rowling as a screenwriter and the pressure (and fun) of creating a movie set in the Wizarding World without adapting it from a book series.
Director Yates is a familiar face behind the Harry Potter movies. He directed four out of eight movies in the series: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010) and Part 2 (2011).
Coming Back To The Wizarding World
Having a solid background in the Harry Potter universe, Yates revealed to Collider.com that he was, at first, hesitant if he could come back. After working for six years in four films, he felt he had to be really in love with the story to come back.
When he read the script though, he said, “It was just the most delightful read. It was charming, moving, tender. It felt fresh and it was with a bunch of people that I really love working with so, it was a bit of a no-brainer.”
Building Fantastic Beasts from the Ground Up
Yates picked up in directing Harry Potter films already halfway through the entire series. The difference with Fantastic Beasts for him is he is able to “build if from the ground up effectively.”
“For a filmmaker and the storyteller that is always the most exciting thing—to sort of cast it, to create it, to build it,” he shares.
He also revealed the freedom in creating a movie in the Wizarding World without adapting it from a book. It is liberating for him to create the story without “working in the context of people’s expectations” of those who have already read the source material.
Working with J.K. Rowling as Screenwriter
The Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie is J.K. Rowling’s debut as a screenwriter. Yates acknowledged Rowling’s talent in writing. He shared she quickly learned the difference between writing a novel and a script, while adding her own creative ideas along the way.
He says Rowling is “like a sort of volcano of ideas.” During the process of her writing, she is already working on what to come next.
She already has things created that can be used for the next film, although the director admits it has not yet “completely formed all the way through the arc.”
According to /FILM, to promote the film, Warner Bros. will be holding a free Global Fan event called Fantastic Beasts: A Return to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World on Oct. 18, 2016 in 18 cities around the world.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie sets to arrive in theaters on Nov. 18, 2016.
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