Any film buff knows Alfonso Cuarón is a talented, visionary director.
After a career of highlights, he’s riding particularly high after the recent Oscar haul for Gravity. He’ll have his pick of future projects — which is why it’s so exciting there are now rumors the director is in “deep talks” to direct the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. For what it’s worth, reps for Cuarón told EW they know nothing about the rumors that have been floating around the Internet for the past 24 hours, so this might all be a case of collective wishful thinking.
If Cuarón were interested, any fan who holds out hope this film might be good should be jumping for joy. Obviously, any director of Cuarón’s caliber is cause for celebration from people excited about the J.K. Rowling-penned movie, which is due to be released November 18, 2016. But, of course, there’s one past project that makes muggles particularly thrilled about the Cuarón choice: A decade ago, he memorably directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which many consider the best film in the Harry Potter franchise.
Cuarón was responsible for adding style to Hogwarts, taking Harry and Co. out of their classes (and robes) and hitting some of the biggest emotional beats of the entire tale. Particularly exciting now, Cuarón showed he knew his way around magical beasts, getting us to care about them as characters (Buckbeak’s escape), as well as using them to hit on themes and move the story.