Last week, it was announced that the upcoming ‘Harry Potter’ spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ would be released on November 18, 2016. In that article, I mentioned that with a date locked, an announcement concerning a director shouldn’t be too far behind. Well, now we have our first potential helmer for the first film in the proposed trilogy from J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros based on the textbook commonly found in the possession of your average Hogwarts student.
According to renowned showbiz journalist and blogger Nikki Finke, Alfonso Cuaron is in talks to direct the new wizarding film featuring Newt Scamander and his journeys in pursuit of magical creatures. Previously, the Academy Award winning filmmaker behind ‘Gravity’ ventured into the world of witchcraft of wizardry when he directed ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ back in 2004, but he’s certainly come a long way since then. If everything works out, then maybe he can apply the things that he learned in space with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney to hippogriffs, dragons, boggarts, and thestrals. Here’s the tweet from Finke indicating that Cuaron might be past preliminary meetings to board this project:
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
Just as Finke says in her tweet, he may be the perfect choice to tackle ‘Fantastic Beasts’. After all, his Potterverse film always seems to be mentioned whenever people talk about the best of the franchise. And as we saw with ‘Gravity’, the director can certainly take CGI to the next level, which is something that can definitely be an asset when making a movie about mystical creatures in a world of magic.
What do you think about Alfonso Cuaron potentially directing ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’? Do you think that he’s the perfect choice to bring New Scamander and his adventures to life? Share your thoughts in the comments below.