Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron recently stated in a new interview that he had no interest in coming back to the Harry Potter world, where he was strongly rumoured to helm the first of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films, set for release in November 2016.
Speaking to international press EFE, Cuaron stated:
U.S. media reported in recent days the possibility that Cuaron might direct the Harry Potter spinoff saga "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which is currently in the pre-production phase.
"It was a very beautiful experience for me. 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," the director said.
Cuaron also clarified the recent rumours that he may direct the prequel to Stephen King's The Shining, stating he has no knowledge of the subject.
Cuaron said he is "a big fan" of the film directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1980, but he said that he's not up to date with the news saying that he would be a possible director for the prequel, which will be called "The Overlook Hotel."