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.