Warner Bros. has decided to delay production on Fantastic Beasts 3 due to concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
As efforts to slow down the spread of coronavirus escalate, several film studios are postponing or canceling productions as a precautionary measure out of concern for cast and crew members. While Warner Bros. was originally scheduled to start production on the third Fantastic Beasts film, Variety reports that sources say filming on the Harry Potter prequel has now been postponed.
As of now, it currently unknown when production on Fantastic Beasts 3 will resume. Furthermore, while the film is currently scheduled to be hit theaters on November 12, 2021, it is unclear how the production delay might impact the release date.
While Warner Bros. had recently suspended production on The Batman for two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, the studio was reportedly hoping it could still make things work for Fantastic Beasts 3, which was using the same soundstage as the DC film.
Here is the official synopsis for the most recent entry in the film franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald:
At the end of the first film, the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise wizards and witches up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
Directed by David Yates from a script written by J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD.