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Alfonso Cuarón Not Directing 'Harry Potter' Spin-Off 'Fantastic Beasts'

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May 27, 2014
Source: Digital Spy

Alfonso Cuarón

Just over a week ago, news surfaced that Warner Bros. had an offer out to Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón to return to the world of Harry Potter by directing the spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. However, it seemed unlikely that he would take the job when reports also pegged the director as having an offer to direct the same studio's developing project The Overlook Hotel, a prequel to The Shining, showing that the studio was eager to get the filmmaker on one of their big, promising films. Cuarón recently spoke with Spanish outlet EFE (via Digital Spy) and denied his involvement for a specific reason.

When asked about taking on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the director said:

"['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."

Cuarón certainly changed the face of the Harry Potter universe in the third film and set the stage for the series to continue with a darker, more mature tone. While it would be fantastic for Cuarón to get back behind the camera in the wizarding world, following a special effects dominated film like Gravity, we completely understand his desire to stray away from movies with a lot of visual effects for awhile. But that reasoning doesn't rule out The Overlook Hotel. If it follows in similar footsteps as The Shining, then not many special effects will be needed to pull of the psychological horror sequel. We'll have to wait and see what Cuarón does next, but either way, we'll be excited for whatever that film may be. Thoughts?

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  • Xerxexx
    *cries*
  • http://www.youtube.com/user/skazillashmack Danimal
    Gravity must've gotten the best of him...for great reason of course
  • Movie Bear
    << cheers
  • DJ Jack Ryan Hardy
    Gravity sucked anyway. Oh yeah it's a great movie theater experience but it likes one of those fads that just slowly fade out. It's not great on DVD and it doesn't hold up, overrated. I wouldn't even call Gravity a movie more like a visual effects demo reel for the audience to go wooah ooh ahh ooooh.
    • Xerxexx
      I disagree. People were drawn in by the special effects sure, but for me the journey of Dr. Stone was beautiful, she was cold and joyless due to the loss of her daughter...being stranded in space and surviving the near impossible caused her to be reborn and live again, its beautifully shot with amazing special effects but underneath the gloss is a great tale of rebirth.
      • Avi
        it was a great movie experience...
      • DJ Jack Ryan Hardy
        A generic tale that can be told a thousand times over in almost every film ever made. It's not like it's something original or new. Just some simple plot to back up the whole effects show. Maybe the 1% like you remember the characters but the others don't care. If I go out and ask someone what that movie Gravity is they would just say, "It's some movie set in space". If I go ask someone what Al Pacino Scarface movie is they would probably straight away say the name of the main character and a whole bunch of quotes.
        • Xerxexx
          Originality is long dead. All we can do is re-tell a tale.
          • DJ Jack Ryan Hardy
            So that's your excuse originality is dead? Yeah that's ironically the most "original" reply I've ever heard. Why about those great directors out there now trying to break the mold out or would you say they are just trying too hard to re-tell a tale?Those indie directors or those directors who know what true craft is now and what can feel new towards the audience. How many films can compare to a calibur like Drive for example? Not all stories that are made today are simple re-tellings and it's people like you in the cinematic world that are growing more problematic with that blank mindset. In the midst of all these remakes and readaptations and whatever I see something truly more wanting to be explored fully.
          • Xerxexx
            Drive and Gravity are very familiar tales, they are both great films because they made likeable characters and casted actors that brought the characters to life.
        • crystaltowers
          Your argument appears to be that only character-driven films packed with memorable dialogue, have value. 2001: A Space Odyssey is not a character driven film packed with memorable dialogue either. And most people would sum it up as "set in space" too. But it sure has value. If not to you, then to most people. The value of a film is measured by how engrossing it is - overall. Not by measuring some individual facet (characters, story, effects, dialogue, etc).
          • DJ Jack Ryan Hardy
            Lets be clear before I open up this argument. I have fully read the novel based on 2001: A Space Odyssey and I have seen the film. To say the film is not character driven is to say there are no characters in it. Hal the main enforcing villain is a character. A character is a being that takes part in events whatsoever. So we have a character and other characters the film is driven around. And to compare Gravity to 2001: A Space Odyssey is an absolute insult to cinema. 2001 had a story and it had depth. It didn't rely on fancy special effects or generic 3D to win the audiences over like Gravity because it had some great drama and presentation that felt more cinematic and real. A value of a film can depend on many factors and it's a clear matter how the film wants to be presented and shown towards the audience. Characters, story, and dialogue are all one factor altogether. Dialogue can be a simple description, it doesn't have to be spoken but it can also be visual like a painting.
  • TheOct8pus
    He's moved on....
  • Terry Craig
    :/ Fair enough. Probably only Guillermo Del Toro would still be able to keep me interested in this now.
    • crystaltowers
      Guillermo Del Toro would only drive me away from it.
      • Terry Craig
        If he'd bring a little bit of Pan's Labyrinth or Devil's Backbone to the project, it could be amazing. On the other hand, if he'd bring Pacific Rim to this, I'd steer clear as well.
        • crystaltowers
          Yeah that's pretty much how I feel. On the one hand - great creature effects director. On the other, Pacific Rim and the Hellboy films left me feeling truly empty.
  • DAVIDPD
    Boo! Title is enough.
  • OfficialJab
    Shame kinda, but it was worth it to hear the end of that quote from an award-winning director.

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