Alfonso Cuarón is Returning to 'Harry Potter' with 'Fantastic Beasts'?
Just last week we learned that Warner Bros. Pictures would release the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them next fall on November 18th, 2016. Now some even bigger news has surfaced as Nikki Finke (no longer at Deadline) has learned that the studio is in "deep talks" with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón to helm the spin-off, planned to be the first in a new trilogy that takes place in the Harry Potter wizarding world, 70 years before the events of the multi-billion film franchise. We really couldn't ask for a better man to get behind the camera for the film.
With Prisoner of Azkaban, Cuarón completely changed the look and style of the series after Chris Columbus directed the first two Harry Potter films. It was the perfect turning point as the third film in the series begins to take Harry Potter on a much darker and more grown up journey. It changed the face of the franchise and took it down the appropriate path to blossom into the film series audiences around the world came to love. Cuarón will make this spin-off following fictional textbook author Newt Scamander as he encounters a barrage of magical creatures. It's a surprising move to follow Gravity, for which he won Best Director at the Oscars, but we're pretty damn thrilled, and hope a deal is finalized.