Thursday, September 12, 2013

New Harry Potter film! (sort of)

Warner Brother have today announced J.K. Rowling will be expanding the wizarding world of Harry Potter with a new film series based on the adventures of Newt Scamander, the author of the in-universe and real world book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Rowling will be scripting the films, which will presumably focus on the magical animals of the title. The first story will be set in New York, seventy years before the events of the Harry Potter series. Here's what Rowling had to say in Warner Brothers' press release:
It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Jurassic World, coming 2015!

Universal Pictures have officially announced the fourth film in the Jurassic Park series is coming! Released on the 12th of June 2015, in 3D (spared no expense) will be Jurassic World. The Jurassic Park Facebook page posted the blue tinted teaser logo for the film.

Deadline reports that the film will be directed by Colin Trevorrow, with a script from Trevorrow and Derek Connolly - The two have worked together on several films, although none I am familiar with. Steven Spielberg will be producing, along side Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley.

I love Jurassic Park, and The Lost World, and, well, Jurassic Park 3 has some nice dinosaurs in it... Lets hope Jurassic World can do justice to the earlier films. Hurry up 2015!

So blue tint, that surely means we're going to see pre-historical aquatic reptiles (not dinosaurs!) this time? And "Jurassic World", sounds like a new take on the original dinosaur theme park idea...