There are supposed to be two more Fantastic Beasts movies on the way – but no screenplays have yet been written, and Warner Bros hasn’t given them the go ahead.

It’s not the most surprising news story, and most of us could have guessed this, but Warner Bros is indeed hedging its bets with the faltering Fantastic Beasts franchise of movies. The latest, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore, was released in cinemas in the UK last week. It arrived with the series struggling to find a footing after its not-well-received second chapter, with writer J K Rowling not mentioning the franchise at all on her otherwise busy social media accounts, and against a backdrop of matters that we’ve talked about here.

Now, Variety reports that – contrary to the efficient cycle between Harry Potter films of old – there’s no screenplay in place as of yet for Fantastic Beasts 4, which is supposed to be the penultimate chapter in a five film saga. However, the outlet also reveals that Warner Bros hasn’t formally given the nod to Fantastic Beasts 4 and Fantastic Beasts 5 as of yet, and is waiting to see how the third film goes down before it commits to the next.

The early signs there aren’t looking too promising. Whilst the $200m movie has topped the box office in the UK, its returns this far appear to be down on the disappointing The Crimes Of Grindelwald, and there’s a growing, unconfirmed suspicion that Warner Bros may just cut its losses here.

As we hear more, we’ll let you know. Much may hinge on the US release of the film this coming weekend.,

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