For many people the best of the Harry Potter movies is Prisoner Of Azkaban, partly because of the very human touches director Alfonso Cuaron brought to it. However he left Hogwarts after that movie, but now he’s may be returning to the Potter univeser, as Nikki Finke has tweeted:
‘I hear Alfonso Cuaron (‘Gravity’, ‘HP/Azkaban’) deep in talks to direct JK Rowling’s Harry Potter spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts’. Perfect pick.’
Assuming Finke’s info is correct (which some are doubting, seeing as Cuaron is just coming off a Best Director Oscar for Gravity and could get anything he wanted off the ground), he would take on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on the textbook Harry uses at Hogwarts. Well, not the actual textbook, but it’s creation.
The film will follows the adventures of the book’s author Newt Scamander 70 years before the Harry Potter first arrives at Hogwarts, as he discovers the terrible beasties that feature in his book. The spin-off will introduce a new set of characters and creatures, although set in a Wizarding universe that will be familiar to HP fans.
JK Rowling herself has been writing the script, while Warner Bros. has set a November 18th, 2016 release date.