Alfonso Cuaron distances himself from Fantastic Beasts movie

News Rob Leane 27 May 2014 - 07:17

The Gravity and Prisoner of Azkaban director takes himself out of the running for Harry Potter spin-off.

Slightly disappointing news here for fans of Alfonso Cuaron. The director, who produced one of the best Harry Potter movies in the shape of The Prisoner Of Azkaban, has taken himself out of the running for the wizarding spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, thus dashing last week’s rumours that he'd be making a return to the Rowling universe.

"It was a very beautiful experience for me,” the Oscar-winner told a Spanish news agency (which Digital Spy spotted). “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,” added the director, alluding to his incredibly long production period for Gravity.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them will be produced by long-time Potter producer David Heyman and scripted by JK Rowling. For now, its director remains unknown, but we'll keep you posted when that situation changes.

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Not disappointing in the slightest. As a massive fan of gravity and children of men, I would much rather see cuaron take on something original.

A return to the harry potter world would be the disappointing result here.

Absolutely agree. When a director has a hit as big as Gravity, I kinda want to see what they can come up with next.

I agree too. I am a fan of both of them (JK and Cuarón), but I think Cuarón needs to take his chance to explore new projects.

Well, he might drop out in favour of that The Shining prequel...

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