Alfonso Cuaron literally became King of the movie world last year with his jaw-dropping sci-fi thrill ride, Gravity, and the cemented him as one of the finest directors working in the world today. With the success of Gravity still fresh in everyone’s minds, Warner Brothers is now said to be deep in talks with Cuaron to helm the new Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
If Cuaron took the directing job, it would see him working once again with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, and also with Harry Potter and Gravity producer David Heyman. It would also see Cuaron return to Harry Potter after directing arguably the best in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
However, it sounds like Warners can’t get enough of Cuaron, and a report over on Schmoes Know claims that Warners are also offering Cuaron the directing gig on their in development prequel to The Shining, The Overlook Hotel. The website report “two close sources with knowledge of the project” have confirmed Cuaron has been offered the job of directing.
Should this be true, then we are certainly in for a treat with the Overlook Hotel. As reported last year, The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara has already signed on to write the new horror feature, and if Cuaron directs (he did state a few months ago he wanted to direct a horror film) then this film is a guaranteed winner, whether you want it or not.
While this dos sound too good to be true, it probably is because Warners have already set November 18th 2016 as the release date for Fantastic Beasts… and should these rumours be true, then sadly Cuaron will only be able to make one in the next year.
Here is what we reported on The Overlook Hotel a year ago:
The prequel, called The Overlook Hotel, is under development at Warner Brothers, and it was announced last summer. Back then it was reported that Bradley Fischer, James Vanderbilt and Laeta Kalogridis were working on the story at Warner Brothers, and it would seem that they have come up with an idea worthy of a feature length film. Mazzara will write the screenplay while the trio will serve as producers.
Bradley Fischer worked as producer on David Fincher’s Zodiac and also Shutter Island, he also worked as executive producer on Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. Then we have James Vanderbilt who produced Zodiac and has written screenplays for the superb The Amazing Spider-Man, Zodiac and the upcoming Robocop remake. Finally Laeta Kalogridis wrote and produced Shutter Island, and she also wrote the screenplay for Timur Bekmambetov’s Night Watch.
No other details are known at this time, not even plot details. However with the title being The Overlook Hotel, no doubt the prequel will focus on another unfortunate family taking up residence there.