Alfonso Cuaron won't be directing 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

By Will Ashton,

Within the past couple days, director Alfonso Cuaron has been the subject of at least a couple rumors spreading around several different projects in the works at Warner Bros.

Although it is not totally clear at the moment just what will be his follow-up to to Gravity, there is at least one film that fans can scratch his name off of the list to: the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them.

According to Digital Spy, the Academy award-winning director had the following to say about rumors spreading about his involvement in the much-anticipated spin-off film:

"[Directing Prisoner of Azkaban] was a very beautiful experience for me. I have a lot of love for that universe and I tremendously admire JK 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."

Considering how much special effects were involved in Gravity, it's understandable that Cuaron would want to move away from them for at least a little bit of time. This doesn't mean that he wasn't approach for the project, just that he likely turned it down.

Although it is safe to say that he won't be doing this film, this report does still leave the possibility of him directing The Shining prequel The Overlook Hotel open, even though he did tell EFE he had no film projects lined up.

Cuaron is at a position in his career where he could very well make whatever movie he wanted and get the studio to sign it off, but it doesn't seem likely that he will immediately want to jump right into another franchise piece. However, it is possible, and just something that will have to be determined in due time.



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