No offense to David Yates, who has equited himself to be not only a highly competent filmmaker but the fifth highest-grossing director in cinema''s history, but at this stage of his career he''s pretty much the Wizarding World guy and little more.
After making his feature debut on the Tichborne Claimant, he would not stand behind the camera on another film for over a decade. When Yates found his comfort zone and then some, who will lead the final four Harry Potter films and the first three Fantastic Beasts prequels.
The Legend of Tarzan was completely acceptable, but with seven of his last eight films being Potter-adjacent, fans have been waiting for a fresh set of eyes to take over the series. It may be happening, or then again, a slight nail may have been broken into the coffin of Newt Scamanders'' globetrotting adventures.
The Secrets of Dumbledore has received a little over $350 million at the box office on a $200 million budget, with questions surrounding how things go from here. Fantastic Beasts 4 does not have a script, or even an official clearance to begin pre-production, with Warner Bros. waiting to see what the land looks like when the dust settles.
Yates will be producing his first straightforward drama in over 20 years, with Emily Blunt set to star in Pain Hustlers. Depending on whether the shooting starts before the end of the year (which isn''t guaranteed), it will take a lot of time and effort, especially when he is further developing through his Grey Matters banner.
Either Fantastic Beasts 4 finds a new director, spends years in limbo as its predecessor, or doesn''t happen at all, with Emily Blunt of all people promising the beginning of the final episode if the worst case scenario unfolds.