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Alfonso Cuaron not interested in directing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

May 27th, 2014 by Todd Black Comments

Ever since J.K. Rowling announced that we would return to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, albeit seventy years in the past, many have wondered who helm the picture.

It was rumored, that Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron would take up the wand once more so to speak. His answer when asked?: “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,” Cuaron told Efe in the Italian town of Pietrasanta in Tuscany.

“It was a very beautiful experience for me. I have a lot of love for that universe and I tremendously admire J.K. 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,” the director said.

But the rumors have not only been pointing to the new film set in the Harry Potter world, but they have also fingered Cuaron this weekend as one of the candidates to direct the prequel of “The Shining,” to be produced by Warner Bros according to Dark Horizons.

Cuaron said he is “a big fan” of the film directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1980, but he said that he’s not up-to-date with the news, saying that he would be a possible director for the prequel, which will be called “The Overlook Hotel.”

So the mystery will continue for at least a little longer. Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them is only in pre-production, so there’s still plenty of time to find a director. Stay tuned to FTN as we’ll reveal more when we hear about it.

Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians ( He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!