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Did Emily Blunt inadvertently condemn ‘Fantastic Beasts 4’?

May 14, 2022

With all due respect to David Yates, who has proven to be not only a very capable filmmaker, but also the fifth highest-grossing director in film history, but at this point in his career, he’s pretty much ” the guy from the wizarding world” and nothing else.

Having debuted in a low-budget British drama The Tichborne Claimant in 1998, he wouldn’t back down behind the camera on another film for nearly a decade. When he did, Yates found his comfort zone and more, directing the final four installments of the Harry Potter franchise, and the first three fantastic beasts prequels.

In between, he made it all perfectly acceptable The Legend of Tarzanbut with seven of his last eight films being Potter-adjacent, fans are crying out for a fresh look to pick up the series. It could happen, or then again, a subtle nail may have been driven into the coffin of Newt Scamander’s globetrotting adventures.

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Dumbledore’s secrets has so far earned just over $350 million at the box office on a $200 million budget, with questions raised about what’s next. Fantastic Beasts 4 doesn’t have a script, or even an official green light to start heading into pre-production, with Warner Bros. waiting to see what the lay of the land looks like once the dust settles.

However, it was recently announced that Yates will be doing her first single drama in over 20 years, with Emily Blunt set to star in Adventurers of Pain. Provided filming begins before the end of the year (which isn’t guaranteed), it will take a great deal of the director’s time and effort, especially when he’s also producing through his Gray Matters banner.

Is Fantastic Beasts 4 either finds a new director, spends years in limbo like its predecessor, or doesn’t happen at all, with Emily Blunt of all people potentially signaling the beginning of the end should the worst-case scenario occur.