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.
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. (more…)
It wasn’t long ago that I myself wrote a semi-facetious list of potential directors for Star Wars: Episode VIII. I mean Episode VII is still just a gleam in JJ Abrams’ eye–I figured we’d at least have a few months before we’d hear any rumors worth reporting regarding who’s gonna helm the next one.
I suppose I was naive.
For now Market Saw is reporting that Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón is at the top of the short list of possible Episode VIII–and even Episode IX directors. (He was NOT, by the by, on my list)
If we’re pretending that this report has any real credibility, then this news would have me split: Azkaban was my least favorite HP flick….it just didn’t seem to fit, by my lights. However, I loved Children of Men–so I could go either way on this one.
But before we start seriously pondering a Cuarón-directed SW entry, it should be noted that Market Saw ALSO reported that Simon Pegg would be joining the cast of the new trilogy–to which the actor responded, via Twitter:
(Tweets like this are why we love Simon Pegg!)
With director Gary Ross bowing out of The Hunger Games, Lionsgate has started to pull their resources together for a short list of directors to take on the sequel. With production on Catching Fire looking to get started sometime in August, time is starting to run out. Thankfully, the studio has it’s own tribute list all ready to go.
So far, the list contains Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Children of Men) , David Cronenberg (The Fly and A History of Violence), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (21 Grams and Babel) , as well as a few others who have yet to be named.
Any of those three would be a great name to have onboard. Personally, my vote goes to Alfonso Cuaron. Considering his work on Children Of Men, I think he would be well suited for The Hunger Games 2. But I can’t deny that I’m super curious to see what Cronenberg’s take on Catching Fire would be. He and Cuaron should co-direct.
Is there anyone listed that you think should direct? Maybe someone who isn’t even listed?
Catching Fire is scheduled to be released on November 22nd, 2013.
Source: Geek Tyrant