Director Alfonso Cuaron is deep in talks to direct a new film based on JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, according to a Hollywood insider.
Nikki Finke, founder of film industry magazine Deadline, tweeted the news, describing the director as the “perfect pick”. Cuaron was the director of 2004's "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", the third film in the series. Warner Bros has yet to confirm the choice.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Bloomsbury Children’s) was published in 2001 to raise money for Comic Relief and purports to be the textbook Harry Potter uses in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
The script is being written by JK Rowling, who said last September: "It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realised by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt…
"As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros."
The "Fastastic Beasts…" film is due for release in 2016.