Harry Potter producer David Heyman revealed in a new interview with The Telegraph that author/screenwriter J.K. Rowling has finished the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with shooting scheduled to begin early next year. He also confirms that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director David Yates is returning to direct.
"Jo [Rowling] has written a wonderful script. It's early stages. David Yates is directing and we start filming next year. I'm just really excited about it."
The spinoff, which will be the first in a new trilogy, is hitting theaters November 18, 2016, with the sequels arriving on November 16, 2018 and November 20, 2020. The story is set in the Harry Potter universe, yet takes place in New York City, 70 years before Harry Potter first arrives at Hogwarts. The plot follows fictitious author Newt Scamander and and his adventures with numerous magical creatures and other characters.
No cast members have been announced at this time, but with the screenplay now complete and shooting confirmed to start next year, we could be hearing more about who will star in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them very soon.