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The promotion for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is beginning to take shape with the film being only a few months away from being released in cinemas worldwide. Eddie Redmayne has already given his own comments about the movie to the press and now, in an interview with Collider, producer David Heyman has done the same.
Here is what David Heyman stated about whether anything was different going into the making of this sequel compared to the first Fantastic Beasts:
“No. I think we’re more familiar with the world. You know, the world has been built. We’ve defined the central characters. But this is part of a five-film saga, as it were, and Jo [Rowling] is developing these characters, and they’re all on journeys and so we’re discovering stuff and things, as we go.”
“So in terms of confidence, yes. You know you’ve made a film that works, in some form. But we also want to make a film that’s better.”
“We’re ambitious and one of the things in talking to David [Yates], one of the things he’s really intent on is making this film feel quite different to the last. This film is more in the spirit of a 1930s thriller, a Third Man and that the like. But at the same time, in a very contemporary way, David is shooting this film in a completely different way to the last one.”
“The last one was quite proscenium and quite classic. This one’s very immersive and distinct. It feels very contemporary in the camera moves and in the spirit […] When you make any film, there’s ‘Yes, I believe in the vision.’ I believe strongly in that. I believe in Jo’s script and Jo’s imagination […] I believe we’ve got a great group of people in front of and behind the camera.”
“And what’s great is, you know, we’ve gone through it, and we sat down, looking at the last film, looking at things we want to improve aesthetically or in various areas, and we’re gonna do everything we can to make this one feel distinct, but also better than the last.”
Harry Potter was also a topic of discussion, specifically when it came to whether director David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films as well as the first Fantastic Beasts, will be at the helm for all the movies in the Fantastic Beasts franchise:
“I think that it would be great to have David go all the way. You know what? Actually, Chris Columbus was so tired, couldn’t do anymore, and that’s why we went to we went to Alfonso [Curan]. We like how Alfonso had done the third one, but he was spent.”
“So then we went to Mike Newell, who was spent on four. It’s only David Yates who seems to have this boundless– In fact, he made two films, while he was in the middle of finishing one film, he was doing the first. So the possibilities for this one, where he’s only working on one film are endless.”
“I mean, I dearly would have him, but let’s see. Let’s see how he feels and, actually, let’s see where the story goes. But my sense is that if we’re lucky enough to make more of these films, and the audience keeps coming, then, we’ll see.”
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