After the failure of the last part called Dumbledore's Secrets , director David Yates gave some not very reassuring news regarding the continuation of the Fantastic Beasts saga .
Five years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 , the Harry Potter universe has expanded with the arrival of Fantastic Beasts by David Yates , to watch or rewatch on Canal+ . Starring Eddie Redmayne, the feature film returns to the story of Norbert Scamander, a former Hogwarts student who, during his schooling, benefited from the teaching of Albus Dumbledore, at the time when the latter was Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. The success of the first film gave birth to two other opuses, released respectively in 2018 and 2022. If two other parts had been announced, director David Yates confirmed that a sequel was not on the agenda .
“We’re taking a break…”, the Fantastic Beasts saga on hold for the moment
Speaking to the Inside Total Film podcast , director David Yates revealed that the franchise was "at a standstill today" . "We made these three films, the last one during a pandemic, and it was extremely fun to make. But it was difficult, since we were filming when there was no vaccine yet. Fortunately, no one fell ill, because we had very special protocols in place. Anyway, we are all very proud of Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore's Secrets and when it came out, we all needed to take a break and go slowly , ” he said at first. " Most of us were surprised when we heard there would be five films. JK Rowling talked about it at a press screening. No one told us there would be five." The director was nevertheless optimistic for the future. " I'm sure one day we'll be back. But no, I haven't spoken to Jo yet, or to producer David Heyman or to Warner Bros. We're taking a break and it feels good . It feels good to me. allows you to do other things ,” he continued.
Fantastic Beasts : from commercial success to monumental flop
If the first part had met with great success at the box office, amassing more than 800 million dollars in revenue, the second part, for its part, had been the subject of numerous criticisms due to the presence of Johnny Depp . The actor was at the heart of controversy after being accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife Amber Heard . The third part, in which Mads Mikkelsen succeeded Johnny Depp , had the worst start at the American box office since the start of the franchise.