Though it seemed as if there might be a glimmer of hope for Prisoner of Azkaban fans that Alfonso Cuaron would return to the director’s chair for the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, the filmmaker himself dashed those rumors today. Unfortunately it appears Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is going to have to find another visionary director to take the helm, though I doubt the producers are going to be scrambling to find someone suitable who wants the gig.
Speaking with the Global Post, Cuaron said:
“I have a lot of love for that universe and I tremendously admire J.K. Rowling, but today, for the present, projects based around lots of visual effects don’t attract me. I’m coming out of a five-year process of doing visual effects and now I sort of want to clean my palate of that a little bit.”
This makes complete sense, as by all accounts Gravity was an endurance test for everyone involved in production. What resulted was a technical marvel, but it’s easy to understand why Cuaron might want to “strip down” for his next film. I for one am all for it, as it’d be great to see the acclaimed director taking on something slightly more personal, even if he is responsible for the best Potter film in the franchise.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set for release on November 18, 2016.
Via: Coming Soon