Gravity's Alfonso Cuaron to direct Harry Potter spin-off

News Simon Brew 20 May 2014 - 06:26

Prisoner Of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron may be returning for the first Harry Potter spin-off movie...

With an Oscar under his belt for his directorial work on last year's Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron may now be returning to the franchise where he made a substantive mark. For it's being reported that he's in talks with Warner Bros to direct the first Harry Potter spin-off movie, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

The screenplay for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is being penned by J K Rowling, based around a textbook that the students at Hogwarts use. The film is planned as the first in a new trilogy, albeit set 70 years before Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone.

Alfonso Cuaron is the man generally regarded as having made the best directed - if not the best - of the Potter films. He took charge of the third one, Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, and was earmarked to return for a later film too.

Production on Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is due to start next year, ahead of the film's release on November 18th 2016.

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Ooh, this is excellent news! Cuaron worked miracles on Azkaban. Colour me excited.

Shame. He should do his own properties, not going back to a new franchise. He should be in a very good position to get whatever he wants. Wrong choice IMHO.

How are they going to drag a trilogy out of this?

This whole film has the potential to be brilliant - so long as people don't just view it as a cash cow. Even though it probably is. I think Tim Burton might also be a good choice, but Cuaron would be amazing.

Faith in this movie just tenfolded!

Unfortunatly his Believe show suggested otherwise.

By bringing in the creator aka J.K. Rowling herself.

Yes! Azkaban was by far the most boring of the stories but Cuaron made it very entertaining

To write three films based on a fictional textbook...?

time-loop was awesome and incidentally was the shortest movie!

she wrote seven stories based on a fictional set of characters, in a fictional school. i reckon she just might be able to do another three stories based on a fictional textbook from the previously mentioned fictional stories :P

Agreed. She wrote em, why not these?

Clive Owen and Lady Gaga as Neville and Luna Longbottom, respectfully.

Respectively, the walking Cuban

I agree that the directing for Azkaban was the best but it was my least favourite film. I found the story to be the weakest so therefore it was also my least favourite book. Lots of people I know say it is their favourite but I don't know why. Anyway, back on topic, I'm glad as he is a good director.

You can never have enough money!

This is good news if true - Cuaron created easily the best film of the series IMO. Now that he doesn't have to work with three wooden (at the time anyway, all three have improved dramatically since) child actors, he should be more able to deliver a fine movie.

Could also open up the avenue of Emma Watson returning to the franchise.

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