Today screenwriter Steve Kloves has to relax after what was possibly an incredibly exciting week full of huge news. While Harry potter fans were concerned about the development regarding Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore, on which Kloves will get co-writer and producer credit, it was also announced that the Wizarding World scribe will be adapting another novel for streaming giant Netflix.
Having written scripts for seven of the eight Harry potter films, Kloves is certainly no stranger to sifting through the dense details of a book and turning it into a film that appeals to the masses. Earlier this week, it was announced that Kloves will be writing the adaptation of the mystery thriller Northern spy for Netflix. In addition to screenwriting duties, Kloves will also be executive producer with Stacey Sher as producer.
Written by Flynn Berry, Northern spy follows a woman who is shocked to discover that her sister may have worked with the Irish Republican Army (IRA), a paramilitary organization committed to reestablishing Ireland as an independent nation, which she cannot comprehend given their firm stand against the violence that the IRA has committed to its cause.
While the Fantastic beasts The franchise was originally designed to consist of five films to be shot one after the other in the same vein as the Potter movies, Warner Bros. decided to suspend production after the release of the third opus. However, it was not known how long Warner Bros. planned to delay the franchise.
Last month it was announced that Fantastic beasts director David Yates had signed on to direct an original project at Sony Pictures. With the announcement of Kloves’ new engagement, evidence is mounting for a prolonged delay. After all, we’re looking at a producer and a director, two key roles in production, both of which will be preoccupied for the foreseeable future. While every production is different and the length of engagement varies depending on the role, it typically takes two or three years to complete a project in the film industry, barring unexpected delays. With Kloves and Yates starting to work on their respective projects, we can predict that there will be a minimum of four years before Fantastic Beasts 4 released in theaters. Given the slow pace of the film industry, four years is a conservative estimate.
Are you looking forward to watching a movie written by Kloves that is not associated with Potter? Do you think we’ll wait a long time before we hear anything about Fantastic Beasts 4? Let me know what you think.