Rumours suggested 'Gravity' director would helm Harry Potter spin-off

Director Alfonso Cuarón has denied rumours that he will direct the big screen adaptation of Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

Earlier this month it was reported that the Gravity director will team with Warner Bros for the film, which has a confirmed release date of November 18, 2016, and return to the world of Harry Potter for the first time since he directed The Prisoner Of Azkaban in 2004.

However, Cuarón told Spanish news agency EFE (via The Guardian) that he wants to “clean his palate” of CGI movies after finishing Gravity: “It was a very beautiful experience for me. I have a lot of love for that universe and I tremendously admire JK 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,” he adds.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is based on a 54-page book written by author JK Rowling in 2001. The film is expected to focus on fictional “magizoologist” author Newton Scamander and reports suggest it will be set in New York 70 years before Potter began at Hogwarts. It is also believed to be the first in a trilogy.

David Heyman – who served as producer on all eight of the Harry Potter films – will act as producer on Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.