Alfonso Cuaron May Direct J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ Spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts’

By May 19, 2014

Back in September of last year, “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling agreed to make her screenwriting debut on Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, a film based on her Hogwarts textbook of the same name which follows the adventures of the fictional book’s author, Newt Scamander, and features creatures familiar to those who have read the original Potter series or watched the films. Just last week, we learned that the first film in this planned trilogy will hit theaters on November 18th, 2016, and now there are rumblings of who might be seated in the director’s chair when filming gets underway.

Nikki Finke, the former maven of Deadline Hollywood who was unceremoniously locked out of her own site a few months ago, has been biding her time until her contract runs out so she can get back to reporting entertainment scoops. But she hasn’t been completely silent: her sources are still feeding her tips here and there, and her latest tip is that Gravity helmer Alfonso Cuaron is “deep in talks” to direct Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. This would be a return to the Potter universe for Cuaron if the deal pans out, since he directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and was praised for changing the feel of the franchise after Chris Columbus tackled the first two movies.

Alfonso Cuaron

From the sound of it, writing and directing Gravity was an incredibly taxing experience for the filmmaker, so I’m actually a little surprised he’s even in discussions to direct anything yet. But if there were to be a movie that could get him to slide back behind the camera so soon, perhaps it’s this one. Having the opportunity to create an expanded look at one of the most well-known film universes of all time may be too much for Cuaron to pass up, and I don’t think anyone who has seen Prisoner of Azkaban would be disappointed if he came back to helm this “megamovie” spinoff.

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