The Fantastic Beasts movie franchise’s biggest problem was not the best scriptwriter J.K. Rowling worked on (in short, it turns out that a good book writer is not a good screenwriter at all). However, this past weekend has dealt another blow to the series – Warner Bros. asked Johnny Depp to leave the series (and he agreed) voluntarily. The premiere was postponed from November 12, 2021, to the summer of 2022.
The film studio’s request followed immediately after Johnny Depp lost the court result to the Sun publication, which accused the actor of mistreating his ex-wife Amber Heard. Thus, Warner Bros. hurried to distance itself from the “toxic” actor, whose participation in the essentially children’s franchise could be criticized by the media, which would ultimately affect the box office. Johnny Depp was sympathetic to the request, posting a statement on his own Instagram:
Recall that the shooting of Fantastic Beasts 3 was supposed to start in the spring of 2020 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, this never happened. J.K. Rowling again wrote the script, but this time she was assigned to Steve Cloves, who worked on the Harry Potter films, so the result should be noticeably better. The permanent director of the series is David Yates. The cast, for the most part, will remain. Still, how the authors will manage without such an important character as Gellert Grindelwald is not yet clear – he can be completely removed from the narrative or given to another by the actors, since in the world of magic, a change in appearance is a prevalent thing.
Warner Bros. did not name a specific date for the premiere but made it clear that they expect to release “Fantastic Beasts 3” in the summer of 2022. Previously planned for 2022 and 2024, the fourth and fifth parts of the series will move further on schedule or may not take place at all if the box office results of the third part turn out to be worse than expected.