Alfonso Cuarón is Returning to 'Harry Potter' with 'Fantastic Beasts'?

May 19, 2014
Source: Nikki Finke

Alfonso Cuaron

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.

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As good as I'm sure this movie would be with him at the helm, I am smitten with his work on gravity and children of men and would prefer him persuing another project like those.

Jon Odishaw on May 19, 2014


This will probably allow him to do another passion project like that. Gotta play ball with the studio to get the projects that you really want to make off the ground.

Ethan Anderton on May 19, 2014


Ooooooh yes please!

Xerxexx on May 19, 2014


Oh so we're going to see the second best harry potter film ever made? AWESOME!

Kento on May 19, 2014


Which is the best one, in your opinion? I was not a huge fan of these movies. I thought The Half Blood Prince was the best book, but I can't think of what film was the best....

TheOct8pus on May 19, 2014


Alfonso Cuaron directed the best of them all, The Prisoner of Azkaban. It stands on it's own as amazing. The rest are pretty mediocre and the last few are unwatchable a second time.

Kento on May 19, 2014


I remember that was the movie where Harry Potter went from being a squeaky clean, Roald Dahl type character to a gritty, real life teenager...I guess all they had to do was put some jeans and a hoodie on him.

TheOct8pus on May 20, 2014


Ever since I saw the third Harry Potter film in theatres it was my favourite in the series. I found David Yates to be too boring if you've read the books, so I lost interest and stopped watching after the 5th film. I always wished Guillermo del Toro would direct at least one. Anyway, Cuarón being back on board, this'll probably get me to watch this one, even though, while I didn't read the book, my first thoughts on the project were that this will be just a mediocre anthology thing to make even more money off HP. But Cuarón can do no wrong.

Terry Craig on May 19, 2014


hope he sticks with this project till the end

Quynh Truong on May 19, 2014


What!? Cool! Cuaron would be a great choice. He is every one's favorite HP Director.

DAVIDPD on May 19, 2014


no original ideas for cuaron?

Avi on May 20, 2014


Considering that Cuarón turned down the 4th Harry Potter, something about being micro-managed and second-guessed by JKR herself, I doubt he wants to work with these people again, especially after winning an Academy Award! But then again, Heyday Productions bankrolled Gravity! Maybe Heyman gagged JKR, err, Robert Galbraith! P.S. Prisoner of Azkaban really was the best of the HP films!

JSintheStates on May 20, 2014

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