Scholastic is making another great move: The world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books will publish the screenplay of the film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” November 19. Returning to her wizarding world, the all-new adventure film, which will be theatrically release November 18, 2016, marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling “Harry Potter” books. The published hardcover screenplay will retail for $24.99; the ebook edition of the screenplay will be published by Pottermore, the global digital publisher of Rowling’s Wizarding World.
Says Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic’s U.S. Trade Division: “With any new writing from J.K. Rowling, we know that we are not only engaging her vast fan base, but are also building a new generation of readers. The much anticipated release of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ marks another magical and exciting moment for film lovers and readers everywhere, and we are absolutely delighted to publish J.K. Rowling’s screenplay debut.”
FYI: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find” is a feat of imagination and an exciting adventure featuring an array of magical creatures and characters. The film opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander, played by Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne, has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary collection of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident—were it not for a No-Maj (American for “Muggle”) named Jacob, a misplaced magical briefcase, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. Filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, home to the “Harry Potter” films for a decade, as well as on location in Liverpool, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is the first picture in a new film series. Directed by David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” movies, the film also reunites members of the team that brought us the eight Harry Potter blockbusters, including producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.