Well, so much for that.
It would've been nice, but Alfonso Cuarón will not be directing Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them- the Harry Potter spinoff. It was reported last week that the Mexican director was deep in talks to helm the picture, and that came from the very reliable Nikki Finke. But now it would appear that, if they did happen, that the talks fell apart. Why? Because the filmmaker wants to take a break from effects-heavy productions.
Cuarón told EFE:
"It was a very beautiful experience for me. 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."
For now, the director- who's also rumored to be up for helming a prequel to The Shining- has no immediate plans to jump into anything Hollywood-related.
"My near-term plans over the coming months are to take my kids to school and plan what I'm going to do this summer with them. Now, I'm once again connecting with life, I have no plans of any kind."
So there goes that. When word broke that he may direct Fantastic Beasts, many Potter fans rejoiced. The director's work produced what is widely considered the best entry in the original 8-film franchise. But now it would appear we're back to the drawing board.
Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing what a Matthew Vaughn or a James Gunn could do in Rowling's universe. How about you?