J.K. Rowling penning magic movie for Warner Bros.

J.K. Rowling's world of wizardry is coming back to the big screen—but without Harry Potter.Studio Warner Bros. announced Thursday that Ms. Rowling will write the screenplay for a movie based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, her textbook about the magical universe she created in the boy wizard's stories.The story will focus on the book's fictitious author, Newt Scamander, and is anticipated to be the first in a series.Ms. Rowling said in a statement the movie "is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world."She said the story would begin in New York 70 years before the start of Harry Potter's tale.Screenwriting is the latest in a string of new ventures for Ms. Rowling since she finished writing the Harry Potter series, which has sold more than 450 million copies around the world.She has published a novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, and written detective thriller The Cuckoo's Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.Ms. Rowling said the idea for a Fantastic Beasts film had come from Warner Bros., and she soon realized she could not entrust another writer with her creation."Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it," she said. "I already knew a lot about Newt.""As I considered Warner's proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn't dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros."As well as movies, Warner Bros. said Fantastic Beasts... Continue reading at 'Crains New York'

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