Though Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban's Alfonso Cuaron was at one point named as being in contention for upcoming spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it's another familiar face from the franchise that Warner Bros. have turned to to helm the movie. David Yates helmed the final four instalments of that series, including the two-part Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. A deal hasn't been signed just yet, but Variety's sources state that he has agreed to direct the ambitious project once he finishes work on Tarzan. The movie is set roughly 70 years before Harry Potter was born and focuses on Newt Scamander, the author of the Hogwarts text book of the same name. It will also be set in New York, a major departure from the previous UK settings. "Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world," writer J.K. Rowling explained not too long ago about the planned trilogy. An actor hasn't been found as of yet, but they're said to be looking for someone in their early 20s. How do you guys feel about Yates' return?
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