Cuaron Will NOT Be Directing “Fantastic Beasts”

Fans of “Harry Potter” the world over got excited the other week when reports emerged that Warner Bros. Pictures was keen on getting “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” director Alfonso Cuaron to take the helm of the upcoming spin-off feature “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”.

Speaking with The Global Post though, Cuaron himself has revealed that – in the wake of “Gravity” and the five years it took to make – he’s passed on the director’s chair for not just the new Potter film but VFX-focused filmmaking for the moment:

“I have a lot of love for that universe, and I tremendously admire J.K. 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.”

The first in a planned trilogy set in the Wizarding World, the story follows Newt Scamander, the author of the Hogwarts textbook which the book is named after. The action will be set seven decades before the events in the “Harry Potter” films.