It’s no secret that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald didn’t do as well as the first film. Warner Bros has also noticed and quietly pushed back the release date of the sequel film. In an interview with LA Times, CEO of WB Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara spoke confidently about the future of the franchise.

When he was asked about how the sequel flopping happened, he was pretty mum on it. “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.” What that thing is, we’re unsure, but he emphasized that screenwriter JK Rowling is working on it. “…we’re going to get it right. She has an incredible vision of where she wants to go with this that is incredibly exciting.”


However, there’s a big obstacle and part of the reason why The Crimes of Grindelwald flopped – the fans. Hardcore fans who know the Wizarding World’s lore like the back of their hand. The CEO knows the problem of balancing. “That fan base really knows the lore and they want to go deep into these characters,” Tsujihara said. “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”.

As a hardcore Wizarding World fan, I’m not sure how they’re going to improve on what they’ve done. The biggest problem of the sequel was that it wasn’t really well written or interesting. Yes, I want to dive head first into these characters and their stories. However, if you spit in the face of canon already established, who is the movie for? Apparently Rowling has the entire five films planned out. Despite the controversial plot points, it’s being promised that it will all pay off. We’ll see if Rowling and Tsujihara can deliver on their promises for a better film.

What do you think of the news? Were you a fan of the film? Let us know! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more Wizarding World news. The untitled third Fantastic Beasts film currently doesn’t have a release date.



Erin Lynch