‘Origin stories’ for Star Wars spin-offs; ‘Fantastic Beasts’ takes us back to Potter’s magical world

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starwars-attackoftheclones-bobafett-full2 I’m not sure why this is suddenly news again, but today’s Star Wars buzz is that Disney plans one movie per year in the Galaxy Far, Far Away, alternating between “trilogy” episodes and spin-offs, which are now being described as “origin stories.” Not that I ever expected them to be anything else. The yearly releases were also known. And apparently we can expect a deluge of Star Wars merchandising for years to come. Who’d have guessed?

500px-BuckbeackNot to be outdone, I think it’s safe to say that Warner Bros. surprised us all Thursday by announcing that J.K. Rowling would write a new series of films set in her wizarding world based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a guide to magical creatures from Harry Potter’s world that was named after a textbook used by Hogwarts students in her novels.

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Nerdvana's founder and owner. A former East Valley Tribune copy editor, page designer and website editor, he is now Digital Editor for The Pueblo Chieftain in Southern Colorado, a web design instructor at Pueblo Community College and president of the Southern Colorado Press Club. He has contributed to the popular GeekDad blog and taught online media at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, his alma mater. Lifelong Star Wars fan and Trekker who also worships all things Tolkien and Doctor Who.