Just a week ago there was an exciting rumour going around that Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron may be returning to the world of Harry Potter (he directed arguably the best in the series, The Prisoner of Azkaban), and while we all got VERY excited at the prospect of Cuaron’s return, it now appears that it is not likely to happen.
It was reported that Cuaron was “deep in talks” with Warner Brothers about returning, but in an interview with Spanish news agency EFE, the director explained:
“[Directing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban] was a very beautiful experience for me. I have a lot of love for that universe and I tremendously admire JK 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.”
So while this is indeed sad news, it does open up the possibility of another rumour which went on-line just a few days after, and it was said that Cuaron was to be offered the job of directing the Shining prequel, The Overlook Hotel, also for Warner Brothers.
This could make sense for there would be a great deal less special effects needed to do the horror prequel, and Cuaron himself said a short while ago that he would love to give the horror genre a shot.
So yes it is definitely sand news that Cuaron will not direct Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but the possibility of him directing The Overlook Hotel is extremely exciting!
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.
Here are all the details we have so far on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them:
Rowling is set to write the script for the film which comes from her world of witches and wizards, and is inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.
Intended as the first in a new series of films, Warner Brothers have yet to find a producer, director or any cast, but seem extremely confident in the franchise by announcing the release date for the film. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to arrive in cinemas on November 18th 2016.
This puts the film in direct competition with an as yet untitled Disney film due for release five days later, which again proves Warners confidence in the film.
Warner Bros’ Kevin Tsujihara revealed in March that the studio was following in the footsteps of “The Hobbit” franchise with three “megamovies” for “Fantastic Beasts.”
Tsujihara had said that “Fantastic Beasts” would resemble the eight Harry Potter movies in response to a question of whether the films would re-use the same sets, currently housed at Warner’s Leavesden Studios in London.
Tsujihara indicated “Fantastic Beasts” would become a part of studio’s massive merchandising efforts and part of the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme parks.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be an original story and will mark Rowling’s screenwriting debut. It is planned as the first picture in a new film series. Set in the wizarding world, the story will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans.
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling. “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”