JK Rowling has completed the script for the screen version of the Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. According to Harry Potter producer David Heyman, the script is “wonderful.” From The Telepgraph:
Heyman praised Rowling’s debut scriptwriting efforts: “She is so smart, and her turn of phrase, the precision of the language she uses, is a joy to behold.”
Heyman’s company, Heydey Films, has produced all eight of the blockbuster Harry Potter films, as well as 2013’s space epic Gravity. He will work with Rowling and Warner Bros studios on the Fantastic Beasts trilogy, which is set 70 years before Hogwarts and follows the adventures of Newt Scamander, the author of the titular textbook that Harry and his classmates will later study from.
January Magazine reviewed the book when it first came out in 2001. The screen version is anticipated for 2016.