Friday, March 11, 2016

Fantastic Beasts news - Magic on Pottermore

Total Film Magazine cover - source: (via)
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By GR_MattMaytum
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a lifeline for fans of the Harry Potter movies, offering more cinematic thrills set within the wizarding world. The cinematic universe seemingly came to an end in 2011, when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 completed the eight-strong film series and brought the franchise's total box-office gross to $7.7bn. 
So it was no small surprise when, in September 2013, the announcement came that J.K. Rowling herself would be writing the screenplay for a spin-off film set in the same universe, but set some 70 years before the HP series. 
Taking its inspiration from the faux-textbook of the same name (also created by Rowling), Fantastic Beasts opens later this year, and it fronts the 10 Coolest Movies Coming Your Way issue of Total Film magazine, which hits newsstands later this week. Total Film spoke to producer David Heyman about whether the prequel, which focuses on a new group of adult characters rather than schoolchildren, has grown up with its core fanbase.

“Fantastic Beasts is very much in the spirit of the Potter books but it’s not filled with young children and their issues,” says Heyman, pondering if this is a more adult take on the Harry Potter universe. “I wouldn’t say it’s ‘dark’ but, as with all of Jo [Rowling]’s work, it’s not soft. There is material in all of the books that has a truth about life. Here, there’s darkness within. But there are also these creatures, and an awful lot of humour and heart – which I think will appeal to young and old alike.” 
And in terms of Rowling's involvement, beyond the writing of the script, Heyman makes it clear that she's been a pivotal part of the magic. “Jo was on set and has been an incredible support to us,” he says. “We’d run concepts by her, she’d give her thoughts and we’d adjust accordingly. She certainly was aware of all the lead casting choices before we finalised them.” ...

More quotes from the magazine's David Heyman interview:
On Newt and casting Eddie, he says, "Newt is someone who communicates better with his creatures than he does with people. He’s a Brit who finds himself in the US, and the [A]merican magical universe is different [from] the British one. Eddie was our first choice. He is very good at playing characters that are out of step, as it were, and bringing to them a real heart and compassion. He has a desire to bring truth to every moment. He’s very charming and appealing to men and women alike. And he’s a timeless actor, so he fits perfectly into 1920s New York." 
Heyman also comments on the beasts in the film. "They’re all going to be digital. These are extraordinary creatures. 
I don’t know how they could do this practically – as wonderful as animatronics are, you can’t get the detailed movement or flexibility that you can with the digital universe."
He continues: "We’ve done a lot of research on movement and look because we wanted to make our creatures grounded. They should seem like they really could exist, so they’re not just pure fantasy." (x)
On the upcoming two sequels to Fantastic Beasts, out in November 2018 and 2020: “Well, at the moment we’re concerned with making the first one as good as possible.In a way, that was the approach with each oft he Potters – you try and make each film as good as it can be. And if it’s as good as we want it to be, then the rest will follow.” (x)
Magazine scans here

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
In a new interview, Eddie Redmayne discusses his experience on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and being part of a “big budget” franchise. (x) via

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is his first major franchise. And that took a little getting used to. As he told The Telegraph in an interview before filming on the production wrapped, it was a lot of fun...

‘What has been so great about this one is seeing a bigger budget being used,’ he says. ‘Every single head of department on this film is at the top of their game so they use that to the most extraordinary effect. The other day
I was looking down at a set they have built, New York streets in the 1920s, and as far as your eye can see are cars, smoke machines, extras… It feels like going back to, and maybe we romanticise it, but a golden age of Hollywood with this huge scale of things.’... J.K. Rowling just confirmed two new "Harry Potter" movies

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Updated on 12 March 2016, 21:45

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