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Alfonso Cuarón could helm 'Harry Potter' spin-off

By AFP/RelaxnewsMovies - 21 May 2014 9:00 AM | Updated 12:17 PM

Alfonso Cuarón could helm 'Harry Potter' spin-off

The director behind 'Gravity' and 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' is rumoured to be in talks to helm 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them', a new film trilogy adapted from J.K. Rowling's book of the same name.

Though unconfirmed by official sources, the news comes from a former Deadline journalist who has access to insider circles in Hollywood. Alfonso Cuarón, who directed the third 'Harry Potter' movie, could take up the reins on this new trilogy set in the same universe as the movies about the young wizard.

On 19 May, Nikki Finke (@NikkiFinke) tweeted: "I hear Alfonso Cuaron ('Gravity', 'HP/Azkaban') deep in talks to direct JK Rowling's Harry Potter spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts'. Perfect pick."

Following the international success of 'Gravity', Warner Bros would likely be more than happy to have Cuarón behind the camera on the project. 

'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' will follow the adventures of the "magizoologist" Newt Scamander, who devotes his life to the study of magical creatures.

Though set in an extension of the Harry Potter universe, the new trilogy will take place in New York around 70 years before the young wizard's birth.

The first film in the "Fantastic Beasts" trilogy is slated for release on 18 November 2016.