BLOODY HELL!!! Damn these muggles!
Two-time Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón is no longer going to direct the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's next Wizarding World adventure, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Whispers broke out about a week ago that Cuarón was planning on returning to the Wizarding World, but now he has decided to forgo the directing privileges.
Speaking with Global Post, the Gravity director gave an explanation to accompany his decision:
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.
So basically, what he is saying is: "TO HELL WITH HARRY POTTER!!! WHERE'S VOLDEMORT WHEN YOU NEED HIM?!?!"
As you may recall, Cuarón directed the third installment in the hugely successful 'Harry Potter' franchise, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. That one is still considered by some fans to be the best 'Harry Potter' movie, due in no small part to the wonderful job Cuarón did with it.
That film also received much critical appraise. For instance, it garnered a 91% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus, "Under the assured direction of Alfonso Cuaron, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban triumphantly strikes a delicate balance between technical wizardry and complex storytelling."
Personally, I thought that Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was darker, more complex and rooted a bit deeper in the continued development of its characters. Harry became more vocal and determined, Ron emboldened himself a bit more and Hermione further accentuated how intelligent she is. The way Cuarón was able to portray the characters' emotional struggles throughout the film also made it more appealing.
But now that he is out of 'Fantastic Beasts,' will fans of Rowling's Wizarding World be as interested to go watch it in theaters two years from now?
Only time will tell, but surely, the film should acquire a loyal fan base. Many of the magical creatures and characters to be displayed in it should be familiar to 'Harry Potter' fans. Hopefully, we will get to see more hippogriffs, basilisks, acromantulas, dragons, as well as all those creatures that were mentioned in the books, but were not shown in the movies.
The story will be set seventy years before Harry's, and will revolve around Newt Scamander, a famous Magizoologist and author of the Hogwarts textbook with the same name as the title of the movie. 'Fantastic Beasts' is also the first film in a planned trilogy.
Film's scheduled release date: November 18th, 2016.
So now that Cuarón will not be involved with 'Fantastic Beasts,' will you go see it?
[Images from: Harry Potter Wiki, IMDB]