Fans and non-fans of the "Harry Potter" franchise alike were excited at the prospect of Alfonso Cuaron directing J.K. Rowling's newest adaptation "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". Hopefully you weren't banking on this and putting all your eggs in one basket, as the director has stated that he will not helm the picture.
Coming off his Oscar-winning and stunning cinematic achievement with "Gravity", it appears that Cuaron has dabbled enough with mind-blowing effects for a minute. He previously directed the third film within the franchise "Harry potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", which many consider the best in the series. His relationship with Warner Bros. and his previous experience with this world made it seem like he was a great fit, but the director has other plans.
"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," said filmmaker.
He elaborated on directing the previous film, "It 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."
While we may be disappointed, you certainly can't blame the man. Creating "Gravity" was a grueling and intense process that paid off in a big way. Perhaps he would prefer to direct a more character-based story, that relies a lot more on practical effects and showcase a different side of his style again.
That leaves a very high-profile open spot for the director's chair of the new installment. The film will undoubtedly make a ton of money and attract a lot of talent, so it will be interesting to see who gets lined up for the gig.
This film will mark Rowling's screenwriting debut and the story will follow Newt Scamander, who devotes his career to the pursuit of magical creatures.
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"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" will hit AMC Theatres on November 18th, 2016
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