Despite last week’s reports to the contrary, it turns out director Alfonso Cuaron will not be directing the Harry Potter spinoff film Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them.  While last weeks rumor came from a reporter’s tweet, the record has now been set straight by Alfonso Cuaron himself.

According to reports, the reason for turning down the offer from Warner Brothers was that Cuaron wanted to take a break from special effect movies. “I have a lot of love for that universe, and I tremendously admire J.K. Rowling,” said the director, “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.”

I can’t say I blame him for not wanting to go into another effects heavy film right away. Cuaron just spent the better part of five years getting Gravity to the big screen and it’s not unreasonable for him to want to do something different. It should also be noted that Cuaron also said that he doesn’t have plans “of any kind” so it’s possible this would also imply he’s not going to do The Shining prequel either.

I’m not exactly surprised by this news but I’m still disappointed.  I was skeptical that a director of Cuaron’s caliber would be interested in a spin-off for a film he did a decade ago but it still had me hopeful that maybe there was more to Fantastic Beasts than I originally thought. I’m still hopeful that’s the case but there are few directors that are going to inspire my confidence like Cuaron would’ve.

Are you still interested in seeing Fantastic Beasts with Cuaron out of the picture?  Who do you think should be the director of the Harry Potter spinoff now?  Tell us what you think in the comment section below.  

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