Alfonso Cuaron In Talks To Direct Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.19.2014
He's familiar with the universe...
Deadline's Nikki Finke wrote on Twitter that Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) is in talks to direct the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Cuaron is familiar with that world as he previously directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The film has a script by the book's author, JK Rowling, and will be released on November 18, 2016.
It's based on the fictional Hogwarts textbook of the same name and will follow the adventures of the book's "author", Newt Scamander. It's the first of a planned trilogy which will feature magical characters and creatures, some of whom will be familiar to fans. Newt's story takes place in New York, seventy years before Harry Potter's story begins.