A fantastic rumor about who might be directing the upcoming "Harry Potter" spinoff has turned out to be fantastically false.
Late last week, Oscar-winning "Gravity" filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron was linked to direct "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the upcoming film written by J.K. Rowling based on her 2001 charity novel of the same name. It wouldn't be Cuaron's first time in the Wizarding World, as he helmed 2004's "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," widely considered one of the best films in the series.
But Cuaron will not be directing "Fantastic Beasts" after all. In an interview with Spanish news agency EFE (translated by Digital Spy), the director said, "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."
It's disappointing news for fans who hoped the next "Harry Potter"-inspired film would have some of Cuaron's signature magic, but it's encouraging to hear that a filmmaker as talented as Cuaron wants to stretch new muscles.
Still, it leaves the question wide open: Who will direct "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"? Warner Bros. will have to answer that question, as well as questions of casting, in the near future, as the film is set for release on November 18, 2016.
Who do you think should direct "Fantastic Beasts"?