We're going to have a bit of a wait before we journey back to the Wizarding World as filming on Fantastic Beasts 3 has been delayed. According to Deadline, the work that needs to be done before pre-production can start (soft-prep) hasn't begun which means a summer shoot isn't going to be possible. The as yet untitled sequel was due to be released in cinemas worldwide in November 2020, that date will undoubtedly change as a late 2019 shoot won't leave enough time for all those complicated special effects to be added. At the time of writing, nothing official has been confirmed by Warner Bros.
The first installment of J.K Rowling's Fantastic Beasts franchise was well received by critics and fans. The prequel saga was off to a fantastic start generating a robust $814 million worldwide. However, last year's The Crimes of Grindelwald struggled to recapture the magic with a final tally of $650 million. For the second chapter of a planned five-film franchise, the noticeable box office decline must be a concern for Warner Bros, after all, Harry Potter is an important property for the studio.
My main issue with The Crimes of Grindelwald was it spent far too much time setting future sequels up; it suffered from what's known as Dawn of Justice syndrome, or in some circles Age of Ultron fever. The weight of future installments crushes the core of the film so much so that it feels like an extended trailer for what comes next. The Harry Potter films managed the right balance of world building and telling a (relatively speaking) self-contained story as part of a bigger narrative. Hopefully, the extra time will yield a better sequel and a bigger box office.
The Crimes of Grindelwald is getting an extended cut for Blu-ray release which adds an extra seven minutes of brand new scenes into the movie. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released on Home Entertainment on March 18.