When news spread that Alfonso Cuaron would be the one taking the reins on the Harry Potter spinoff, many were surprised that he would followup Gravity, which was a critical and commercial success, with a franchise prequel. But it was all just a false alarm people, because Cuaron has straight up said that he’s not going to be the one directing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for Warner Bros.
Last week, Nikki Finke reported that Cuaron was planning to return to the Harry Potter universe. Though he did a great and unique job in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, returning to the franchise seemed like a funny idea, especially after Gravity. But according to the Global Post that was just a rumor because Cuaron has come out to say that he won’t be at the helm of the prequel.
“I have a lot of love for that universe,” Cuaron says, “and I tremendously admire J.K. Rowling, but today, for the present, projects based around lots of visual effects don’t attract me. I’m coming out of a five-year process of doing visual effects and now I sort of want to clean my palate of that a little bit.”
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook of the same name, which follows the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander. This prequel is the first film in a planned trilogy set in the Wizarding World. However, this film will be set seventy years before Harry’s gets underway, and kick off in New York. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to hit theaters November 18, 2016.
Who should replace Cuaron as director? Any ideas?