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Alfonso Cuarón Has No Interest in 'Fantastic Beasts'

Despite a report just last week that Alfonso Cuarón is “deep in talks” to direct J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Prisoner of Azkaban director insists he's not interested in returning to the world of Harry Potter.

"It was a very beautiful experience for me," the Oscar-winning director of Gravity told Spanish news agency EFE (via Digital Spy). "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 [with Gravity] and now I sort of want to clean my palate of that a little bit."

That could open up the director to consider another Warner Bros. project, The Overlook Hotel, a prequel to Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining.

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