The Harry Potter universe is set to return next month with ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’. But also returning to the franchise is Director, David Yates. In a new interview, the film maker explained his decision to come back to the world of magic.
“They sent me the script and I wasn’t certain ’cause I’d spent six years here on those four Potter films, and they sent me the script and I was really nervous ’cause I had to really fall in love with it to come back. And I didn’t know if I could come back. And then, 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.”
He also took the time to explain a little behind the vision behind the new film. It sounds as if they’re using the new story to their advantage, creating something separate from the Harry Potter franchise but still in that same endlessly entertaining world.
“I loved Jo’s concept of just dropping it into New York in 1926.. Taking her universe but putting it through that paradigm was really exciting. And works.what’s marvelous about this series is nobody has ever read them. And they feel really fresh and we’re not limited by page one to page four hundred and sixty five of something that pre-exists. The only limit is Jo’s imagination, which is boundless.”
It sounds as if they’re fully invested in crafting thoroughly intriguing characters as they go through the film. David Yates and JK Rowling clearly aren’t afraid to embrace a form of social commentary. Which given the state of various events in the world, could provide some highly relatable themes and messages.
“In our world and New York at that time was like a champagne bottle about to sort of shake up and explode. It’s a world of great extremes. And Newt is this wonderful character who has chosen to spend most of his time with his extraordinary creatures in his case ’cause he’s not good at really talking to people or identifying. here are lots of lovely, interesting ideas bubbling away under the surface of this story and the script and the film. But it’s ultimately in this big entertaining package. Jo’s written a really entertaining script that cycles through drama, comedy, it’s got a really lovely, rich, sort of feel to it.”
‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ will arrive in theatres on November 18th.