Warner Bros. Pictures first announced J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as the first installment of a trilogy, but now the franchise has been extended to two more movies.

Earlier today, during the Facebook Live Q&A, franchise creator, J.K. Rowling announced that Fantastic Beasts franchise has been extended from three movies into five.

“I can say one thing, we were doing some script sessions the other day and we always knew it was going to be one movie.

We always knew that from the start. We said a trilogy as a placeholder because we knew there would be more than one movie.

Now I think we can say, I’ve done the plotting properly so we’re pretty sure it’s going to be five movies,” said J.K. Rowling.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them project was first announced in September 2013 marking Rowling’s debut as a screenwriter for prequel of the Harry Potter film series with the return of director David Heyman, as well as writer Steve Kloves, both veterans of the Potter film franchise.

In October 2014, the studio announced the film will be the start of a trilogy. The second installment is set to be released on November 16, 2018, followed by the third installment on November 20, 2020.

Inspired by the book of the same name by J. K. Rowling. A spin-off of the Harry Potter film series.

It stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Faith Wood-Blagrove, Jenn Murray, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Elizabeth Moynihan, Christine Marzano, Denis Khoroshko, Gemma Chan, Carmen Ejogo.

Directed by David Yates, screenplay by J. K. Rowling.

Production handled by Heyman, Rowling, Steve Kloves & Lionel Wigram.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in “1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures.

Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is scheduled to be released on November 18, 2016 in 3D and IMAX 4K Laser format.

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