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David Heyman Talks Fantastic Beasts Crew

David Heyman gave an interview with Crave Online whilst promoting his new movie Paddington in which he discusses David Yates, Steve Kloves & J.K Rowling:

 

Is that why you brought David Yates back? Did he say, “Deathly Hallows sucked, I can do so much better with Fantastic Beasts?”

No, just he’s a great director. He knows the universe very well. He can handle the humour and the drama of the piece, and I think he’ll be great.

I think he’ll be great too, it’s just interesting that he made so many of the previous films, and now that you’re spinning off into… I don’t know the details, but a different direction, different time period, different characters, it seems like you may be keeping him as sort of a through line. That’s how it looks from the outside.

You could also argue Steve Kloves, myself, Jo are also through lines.

Yes, I guess it seems very homespun, to use your word.

Yes, but we’re all quite brave and bold in our approach to what we’re creating.

J.K. Rowling is writing this one, right?

David Heyman: Mm-hmm.

What’s that like? You said she was very hands off because it was a different process before. Is the process different now that she’s writing the script?

No. I mean yeah, she’s… no, not really. Just as on Potter films you go to Jo “What’s the seventh use of dragon’s blood?” Or “What’s the third?” or “What are the names for this and that? You’ve only got ten, we need a hundred.” She’d have it. So too on this. Whatever you read is just the beginning of her knowledge of it. She has so much greater knowledge than you could imagine.

So it’s the early days so I don’t know how that’s going to continue through the process, but her role in this – she’s a producer, but she was on the last Potters – is as a writer, and a creator. She knows that David Yates is going to be directing the film and she’s respectful of that, and supportive of him and myself and the producing team. It’s early though.

I’m not fishing, I’m just interested.

Yeah, no, I’m interested too!

Because I guess in the books you would adapt things, but now that it’s in the script can you change it? After all, J.K. Rowling wrote that…

But even within the books there were more changes. Steve Kloves adapted those much more than people realised…

He adapted the hell of out them.

And I don’t know if he gets nearly enough credit for the job that he did, because it’s Jo Rowling, so it’s almost as though he’s a cipher. But he’s so much more. To capture the spirit, one. Two, make the changes so there’s a cohesion, a cinematic cohesion within a two and a half hour story. When you’re taking material that is so beloved, and that people have issues and agendas about every single piece of it, to actually be as decisive and create something as complete as he did… I mean, he is… We were very lucky.

 So it looks like we're to expect a lot of humour in Fantastic Beasts! Can't wait! 

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Posted on 13 Jan 2015 by Admin
Fantastic Beasts To Begin Shooting This Summer

Thanks to Hypable we have some interesting new information on the first Fantastic Beasts movie - that it may be the only one?

 

While promoting his new family film Paddington today, Fantastic Beastsproducer David Heyman revealed a couple of tidbits about the upcomingHarry Potter spinoff.

Heyman, who produced all eight Harry Potter movies said that Stuart Craig, the production designer behind the entire Wizarding World series, is returning forFantastic Beasts. “The experience of conjuring up these worlds is such fun,” Heyman said. “So to do it with and with Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram is involved too, and with David Yates, and Stuart Craig will be designing it; it’s great. It’s exciting, and it’s a great world to return to.”

Heyman also revealed that Fantastic Beasts will begin shooting in “late summer”. Until today we only knew that the plan was to start filming in 2015.

As for casting? “Early, early, early days. Really early days. I mean we’re at the very beginning.”

Interestingly, Heyman also commented on the fact that Fantastic Beasts will be a trilogy with this remark: “We’re making just one film, but I believe there’s been talk about it being three. But we’re just talking about it as one.”

One could interpret that comment – particularly the last sentence – as meaning that the first film will have a firm ending, but maybe he just means that they don’t have a script for the next film. After all, we know that J.K. Rowling only just finishedwriting the first.

The first Fantastic Beasts is due out November 18th 2016.

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Posted on 09 Jan 2015 by Admin
Animal Actors Event

Warner Bros. Studio Tour is bringing back its Animal Actors event this February 13th-25th! 

 

This half-term, visitors to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will get the chance to meet the animal actors who starred in the most successful film series of all time. From Friday 13th to Wednesday 25th February, a selection of animals will team up with their trainers to showcase their acting skills and take part in live training demonstrations.
 
A menagerie of owls, cats and a toad will return to the incredible sets they ‘acted’ on during production; led by Head Animal Trainer Julie Tottman, who helped create the performances of more than 250 live creatures throughout all eight Harry Potter films.
 
Visitors to the Gryffindor common room set will find it occupied by a Red Persian cat that played Hermione Granger’s bandy-legged feline Crookshanks. He will be joined by a Maine Coon cat that portrayed Filch’s partner-in-crime Mrs Norris and the 14-year-old toad that played Neville Longbottom’s pet Trevor.
 
Outside Privet Drive, visitors will be able to pose for a picture with a Snowy Owl that played Harry Potter’s loyal companion and post-delivering bird Hedwig. Animal Trainers will hold flight demonstrations throughout the day on the Studio Tour’s backlot, showcasing the techniques they used during filming.
 
A parliament of performing owls will be stationed on the wizarding shopping street set,Diagon Alley, including the Great Grey Owl that played the Weasley family bird Errol and the tiny Little Owl that portrayed Ron’s companion Pigwidgeon.
 
Feathered and furry facts:
·         Although owls are generally considered to be wise, they are, in fact, notoriously difficult to train and can take up to three months to learn what a raven can master in a week.


·         The scene which required the largest number of birds to ‘act’ was the owlery scene in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Trainers took on the difficult task of teaching almost 80 owls to hoot, fly and sit still at the same time.


·         Initial groundwork for animal training takes about three to five weeks; when a script first arrived, the Animal Department would begin fundamental training, develop questions and ideas about how the scenes would be shot and then work with the director to finalise training plans.

 
The Studio Tour’s Animal Actors feature will run from Friday 13th to Wednesday 25thFebruary and all additional activities are included in the standard ticket price.

 

This event is the perfect start to our Fantastic Beasts year which will show insights into how exactly they train the animals in the movies to do certain things. It is not one to be missed!

You can book your tickets by clicking here & we hope to see you there! 

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Posted on 06 Jan 2015 by Admin
Happy New Year!

Us here at FBM.net just want to wish you all a Happy New Year and say welcome to 2015! 

We are officially in the year of casting news and filming for the first Fantastic Beasts Movie! Also, we can now say that Fantastic Beasts is out next year!!

It's going to be an exciting year ahead so we hope you keep coming back to us to stay up-to-date with all the news in the world of Newt Scamander!

 

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Posted on 01 Jan 2015 by Admin
Fantastic Beasts Filming Pushed Back To Late 2015

Thanks to RadioTimes, we have some more new information regarding Fantastic Beasts - this time that filming has been pushed back to late 2015:

Pre-production is now well under way with plans to begin filming in late 2015 and – according to David Heyman, producer – there's a "very, very special" script from Rowling. 
Speaking to promote his new film, Paddington, Heyman told RadioTimes.com, "a lot of Fantastic Beasts will be filmed in London, England and the UK. Rowling has written the script and we're working on it but it's a little way off." 
He went on to describe the author and screenwriter as having "an incredibly vivid and wonderful imagination," adding, "she has written something very, very special and I'm very excited about it. But it's too early to tell you what it will be."

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Posted on 27 Nov 2014 by Admin
Nifflers To Appear In Fantastic Beasts?

Thanks to IGN we have another small interview with David Heyman about Fantastic Beasts! 

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Here's what he had to say: 

Harry Potter producer David Heyman has been doing the publicity rounds for his new film Paddington, but he’s also busy prepping Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

So once we’d finished chatting with Heyman about the bear from darkest Peru, we asked why he was returning to the Potter universe…
“Because Jo Rowling has written a script that’s sublime” he explained. “It’s funny, it’s vivid, it’s exciting. It’s filled with all the hallmarks of her incredible imagination.”
As for why Rowling is writing the film having never scripted a previous Potter feature, Heyman said “I don’t know – ask her. She wrote the books on those so she probably didn’t feel the need. With this there was a slim volume which is more like an Encycolpedia than it is anything else... so she decided to write the script and she’s done a brilliant job. “
Finally, we asked Heyman to pick his favourite Fantastic Beast: “I like the Niffler” he explained. “Actually I like an awful lot of them. I don’t think there will be room in the film for all of them but we’ll find room for a few.”
David Yates – who directed the final four Potter features – will helm Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with the film due to hit in late 2016. 

 

Considering the Warner Bros Studio Tour has started selling small Niffler toys, it seems highly likely that they'll be making an appearance! 

 

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Posted on 26 Nov 2014 by Admin
Casting To Begin Next Year

Thanks to DigitalSpy's interview with Fantastic Beasts producer David Heyman, we now know that casting for the first Fantastic Beasts movie will begin next year:

 

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I know you’ve said before it’s helped you in your career to have lived in America and here (UK). So how does it feel to be going back to the world of Potter that’s going to be set in New York for Fantastic Beasts?
Anything that Jo creates is exciting to be a part of. She has such an incredible imagination. It’s a privilege to have worked with her on the eight Potter films and to be working with her again on this. She’s written a wonderful script. I’m very, very excited.

Are you looking to start casting soon for Newt?
I think we’ll probably start up sometime next year.

How do you feel to have started this new trend – I think it was you – with Potter splitting the final chapter into two? It’s now kind of the norm.
That was so not a calculated decision. It was really borne purely out of creative imperative. I think if we’d done one film, it’d have been four-five hours long. As much as people’s attention is much … people love Potter – I think they would have struggled, and we’d have had to cut out too much to make it work. 

So, I know people will find that hard to believe but I promise you it was born out of creative imperative. Actually it wasn’t me who had the idea. Someone else had the idea: Lionel Wigram, who is producing Fantastic Beasts with me. And my initial reaction was no. He said, “No, David. How are we going to do it?” And I reread the books, and Steve Kloves, the screenwriter, we discussed it. It became clear it was the only way to tell the story that we wanted to tell in the way that we wanted to tell it. I don’t know whether all the others are borne out of a similar creative imperative. Maybe. But that was the source of ours.

 

Thanks to SnitchSeeker for the transcript! 

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Posted on 25 Nov 2014 by Admin

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