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While Academy award-winning director Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) is no stranger to the Harry Potter series, having already helmed the third film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban a decade ago, it appears that the filmmaker could soon be returning to J.K. Rowling's world.
The rumors on the director being selected for the film started spreading when Deadline Editor-in-Chief Nikki Finke tweeted the following Monday morning:
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
Considering that many Harry Potter fans believe that Prisoner of Azkaban is the best film in the series, and Cuaron is hot off of Gravity, it shouldn't be surprising that Warner Bros. would want him for the film. Of course, this could be just speculation, and there is no official statement yet by either anyone from Cuaron representatives or Warner Bros.
The spinoff series was first announced back in September and was 'written' to be a textbook for stuedents in the wizarding universe.
Rowling is currently writing the film's script in addition to helping produce the movie. Set for a Nov. 18, 2016 release, the movie is supposed the first part of a new trilogy for the studio.
The film is being described as "neither a prequel or a sequel" to the original films, as the events of the film will take place seven decades before the creation of Potter and his friends.