Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón is reportedly in talks to direct the big screen adaptation of JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Former editor-in-chief of Deadline, Nikki Finke, tweeted Monday that the “Gravity” director was “deep in talks” to direct the new film.
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
Alfonso is the director responsible for overhauling the entire appearance of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter film series, complete with my favourite addition of the Clock Tower, used to highlight the theme of ‘time’ in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. These changes were closely monitored by Jo, who approved of everything that ended up in the film. Nonetheless fans were divided on the changes, many of which were adapted by the next two directors. I admit I have never been a fan of his wispy Dementors, but they remained unchanged by David Yates.
Jo is currently writing the scripts for the series, and Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara has announced the film series will be three “mega-movies”. I think it is unlikely Alfonso would stay on to direct more than one. I’d like to see a former Harry Potter director take the helm but if we can see anything from the last four films in the series, or any film series for that matter, choosing a director for all three films would ensure the smooth continuity the earlier Harry Potter films lack.