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