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'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them': Alfonso Cuaron in talks to direct

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Director Alfonso Cuaron may be returning to the wizarding world very soon. On May 19 Comingsoon.net reported that Alfonso Cuaron is in talks to direct "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," based on the book by J.K. Rowling. Cuaron also directed the film "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," the third book in the original "Harry Potter" series. The book, which was released in 2001 and only features forty-two pages, has been confirmed as a trilogy.

The first film in the new trilogy is scheduled for November 2016 with the other two movies following each year. Cuaron, who most recently won an Academy Award for Best Director for the space adventure film "Gravity," would direct all three of the planned films. He also helped create the NBC supernatural series "Believe," which was recently canceled.

The new trilogy is set to take place over seventy years before Harry Potter, and will be told from the point of view of Newt Scamander, a mystical zoologist who travels around collecting information about mysterious creatures. He eventually writes a book which happens to be required reading for all first year students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The story will be set in New York and follow Scamander as he encounters pixies, hippogriffs and all other types of creatures.

Moviefone revealed on May 19 that Cuaron's "Harry Potter" film is still one of the most well received by fans of the series. The director is "deep in talks" to direct the trilogy, which would give him three more films to create in the United Kingdom. J.K. Rowling is expected to write the scripts for the trilogy, since she also created the original books and writings related to the series.

Cuaron is in talks with Warner Bros., the studio that will once again handle the magical movies. The current projected release date for the first film is November 18, 2016. The new trilogy could open the door for future spinoff films, including the other companion book "Quidditch Through the Ages," or other textbooks from the series. The first book in the Potter series was released in 1999, and the final movie was released in 2012.

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