In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the director Jim Mcclain confirmed that the film’s new title Fantastic Beasts And Their Forbidden Ancient Beasts was inspired by the story of the Wizard of Oz.
“That was the inspiration,” he said.
“There’s a lot of stories about how Oz came to be, how the wizarding world was created, and that’s what was so cool about the film.
We wanted to tell a story about what was going on at the time, what was happening in the Wizard’s life, and then we wanted to explore the implications of it.”
The new Fantastic Beasts film is due out on November 20.
The first of the five movies is expected to hit theaters in March 2019.
Watch the trailer above.