Alfonso Cuaron Says He Will Not Direct FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

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It appears that rumors of Alfonso Cuaron’s return to the Harry Potter universe were greatly exaggerated, unfortunately.  Last week, it was reported that the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director was “deep in talks” to take the helm of Warner Bros.’ upcoming spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  The notion wasn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility, as Fantastic Beasts is removed enough from the Harry Potter series to feel like its own entity (new characters, new setting) and author J.K. Rowling herself penned the screenplay for the film.  However, Cuaron has now confirmed that he will not be directing the pic, citing a desire to do something with minimal visual effects as his next project.  Hit the jump to read on.

alfonso-cuaron-gravityWhile speaking with Spanish news agency EFE (via Digital Spy), Cuaron stated that he will not be directing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them:

“[Directing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban] was a very beautiful experience for me. I have a lot of love for that universe and I tremendously admire JK 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.”

Cuaron went on to add that he has no plans “of any kind” for his next movie right now, reiterating what he was saying during Oscar season about wanting to spend some time with his family.  Though it’s disappointing to hear that we won’t get another Cuaron-led film within the Harry Potter universe, his reasoning for not wanting to direct Fantastic Beasts is entirely understandable.  The filmmaker just spent five years making one of the most visual effects-heavy films ever made, Gravity, and the process was not an easy one.  Though he came away with a Best Director Oscar for the effort, it’s reasonable to think that he’d want to do something completely different for his follow-up.  If this means we’ll get another Y Tu Mamá También-esque film, I certainly won’t be complaining.

With a November 18, 2016 release date set for Fantastic Beasts, we should hear solid word regarding a director for the project sooner rather than later.  In addition to Rowling penning the screenplay, the pic also has David Heyman (the producer of the Harry Potter franchise) onboard to produce, so Warner Bros. should have no trouble enlisting an exciting and talented director to take the helm.




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  • MCP

    Oh well, no biggy. I’m fine with him doing what he wants to do. As his movies are great to watch.

  • Pk

    Edgar wright should direct this one!

    • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

      Or Idriss Elba

      • MJ

        LOL

      • BigJimSlade

        Idress would make a great bartender or tour guide. Not sure about that whole acting thing he keeps trying to do.

      • Pk

        Or quentin Tarantino

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        Provided that he will team with Robert Rodriguez and George Romero.

      • Pk

        With a hot babe who shows a lot of cleavage

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        you get the idea. ^^

    • The Flobbit

      Or Joe Cornish, or Rupert Wyatt, or Matthew Vaughn…

      • Pk

        Wyatt is also a good choice

  • JK1193

    I guess this puts him out of the running for the Shining prequel as well.

    • JK1193

      In fact, why not bring David Yates back? Next to Cuarón, he’s the best director in the entire series, I wouldn’t mind having him back.

      • pkh

        cause, he’s doing Tarzan

  • MJ

    Thank god. This guy has risen to the top of directing. He has better things to do then waste his time on retread Harry Potter cash grabs.

    • The Flobbit

      Why would you call this a retread cash grab, rather than a chance to tell an exciting and new story for old and new fans?

      • MJ

        So sick of Potter. I want to see another one of those movies as much as I want more Spiderman movies…NO THANKS

        Potter had his movie series….next?

      • The Flobbit

        That makes exactly one of you. I know thousands of fans would give their big toe for another Potter movie, and this is going to be that movie. I for one am looking forward to it.

      • Pk

        That and this is Warner bros most successful movie franchise both commercially and critically

      • The Flobbit

        Yep, and you can bet they won’t let puny things like “a lack of books” to stop them. I mean, who needs books? Who even needs Harry Potter?

        Bring on Newt Salamander or whatever his name is.

      • Pk

        I don’t see how they can adapt the book it’s basically an encyclopaedia of all the creatures that exist in this magical world. But since Rowling herself has penned the screenplay I have no doubt this will be on par with the original potter movies

      • The Flobbit

        The very fact that it doesn’t lend itself to a conventional story structure means that Rowling can explore more and go farther. I am sure it’ll be at least as good as the worst of the Potter movies, probably better than the middling ones, if they get a good director.

      • MJ

        Thanks for proving my point for me — like I said, this is all about the cash grab.

        For the record, I liked the latter more adult Harry Potter movies (versus the kiddie-centric early ones with the silly quidditch crap, etc.). But those were a lot of movies to take in, and I don’t really need to see an ancillary cash grab movie not central to the Potter story that I believe is just being done for commercial gain. I believe that Alfonso Cuaron came to same conclusion, although he obviously can’t burn bridges and say that.

      • MJ

        Thanks for proving my point for me — like I said, this is all about the cash grab.

        For the record, I liked the latter more adult Harry Potter movies (versus the kiddie-centric early ones with the silly quidditch crap, etc.). But those were a lot of movies to take in, and I don’t really need to see an ancillary cash grab movie not central to the Potter story that I believe is just being done for commercial gain. I believe that Alfonso Cuaron came to same conclusion, although he obviously can’t burn bridges and say that.

      • Harry Palm

        So, if they make more Potter movies then you are somehow going to be forced to watch them?

    • Kaley

      And yet many fans have said that they want him to direct a new Star Wars film. Please, inform me how that would be better use of his time for a retread Star Wars cash grab. (Sarcasm…..) Stop belittling other fanboys just because it’s not the same fandom of an IP you like. We are all a part of geek culture, so whether it is Star Wars, Star Trek, LOTR, or Potter, everyone’s opinion is valid. Let’s just get along and stop complaining that one fandom is better than another.

      • The Flobbit

        But…but…my fandom IS better than yours.

    • Kaley

      And yet many fans have said that they want him to direct a new Star Wars film. Please, inform me how that would be better use of his time for a retread Star Wars cash grab. (Sarcasm…..) Stop belittling other fanboys just because it’s not the same fandom of an IP you like. We are all a part of geek culture, so whether it is Star Wars, Star Trek, LOTR, or Potter, everyone’s opinion is valid. Let’s just get along and stop complaining that one fandom is better than another.

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