Word around the Internet today has Gravity‘s Academy Award winning director Alfonso Cuaron in serious talks to direct and helm a trilogy based on J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter spin-off book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Fine Them.
Cuaron is no stranger to the Harry Potter world, he directed the well received Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Nikki Finke tweeted this tid-bit:
I hear Alfonso Cuaron (‘Gravity’, ‘HP/Azkaban’) deep in talks to direct JK Rowling’s Harry Potter spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts’. Perfect pick.
— Nikki Finke (@NikkiFinke) May 19, 2014
Do you remember seeing this photo years ago?
Yep, that’s Daniel Radcliffe buying a copy of the book back in the day. The book’s story begins with Newt, the author of the book, seventy years before the Harry Potter series.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them contains the history of Magizoology and describes 75 magical species found around the world. Newt Scamander says that he collected most of the information found in the book through observations made over years of travel and across five continents. He notes that the first edition was commissioned in 1918 by Mr Augustus Worme of Obscurus Books. However, it was not published until 1927. It is now in its 52nd edition.
What do you think? Cuaron is a great choice to take this book to the big screen. He understands special effects and how to use them in film and this trilogy will certainly need those skills.