HN Entertainment has been able to confirm that Fantastic Beasts 3 will see the return of supervising art director Martin Foley, who previously had the same production role on Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

While unconfirmed at the moment, there is a strong expectation that longtime Potterverse production designer Stuart Craig and cinematographer Philippe Rousselot (Sherlock Holmes 1-2, Interview With A Vampire) will be back as well.

Filming is confirmed to be taking place at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, the main production space for the other Potterverse movies. Production was recently delayed as it was originally set to begin filming there in July.

I’m curious if the reasons for the delays were due to the script or possibly cast related.

WB’s film and television chief Kevin Tsujihara promised while speaking to the LATimes that they’ll get the third film right after backlash on The Crimes of Grindelwald. It’s interesting his wording because I think Depp’s involvement was arguably just as controversial as the choices/changes J.K. Rowling made with her script.

“The second film didn’t perform as well as the first, but I think we know what we need to do to get the third film hopefully even better than the first one. And J.K. Rowling is really working hard now on that third script, and we’re going to get it right. She has an incredible vision of where she wants to go with this that is incredibly exciting.”

“The hardest part of the franchise is you have such a big core fan base. That fan base really knows the lore and they want to go deep into these characters. But what you don’t want to do is intimidate people. You want to be able to create a stand-alone movie that’s enjoyable for someone who isn’t steeped in the lore.”

There was also a recent development on the Johnny Depp front, as the actor has filed a $50 million defamation suit against former wife and fellow Warner Bros. actor Amber Heard. It’s interesting the timing of the suit as Heard is expected to make a return for Aquaman 2 and the first film has gone on to earn $1.1 billion globally. I would imagine that Depp’s lawsuit will certainly ruffle feathers over at Warner Bros. and force their hand to pick between the two actors if things get heated. Depp’s erratic behavior (on and off-set) has already led to him being removed from Universal’s Invisible Man and reportedly won’t be back for a sixth Pirates of The Caribbean movie either (expected to seek a new character to lead the franchise), it’s interesting that Warner Bros. has mostly stayed on the sidelines concerning Depp with director David Yates and Rowling being the ones to publicly defend his involvement in the franchise.

There is a good chance that Warner Bros. noticing the box office dip from keeping Johnny on the Fantastic Beasts franchise and consistent weird headlines might not be worth the headaches. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them made an impressive $814 million globally while The Crimes of Grindelwald dipped significantly as it ended up making $161 million less than the original at $653 million worldwide. Studios notice massive dips like that and don’t brush them off as they have to explain things like that to investors and shareholders.

A new release date for Fantastic Beasts 3 has yet to be made official by Warner Bros.


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