The latest adaptation of Stephen King’s mammoth story, It, lost Cary Fukunaga as director back in May over budget issues. Fans were very, very upset, and I was devastated as Fukunaga is a seriously talented director (watch True Detective Season 1), and after spending three years on the film, it as clear he had something very special lined up for It fans.
His departure left the adaptation in turmoil, with Warners and New Line not releasing any plans for the feature to move forward after Fukunaga’s exit. Things have now changed as a new director is in talks to helm the adaptation. Step forward Andy Muschietti, director of 2013’s impressive Mama.
Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are producing through their KatzSmith banner while Dan Lin and Roy Lee are also producing. Barbara Muschietti, sister of Andy Muscietti, is also expected to be a producer on the project.
King’s massive 1986 novel — with 1,136 pages in its original publication — was adapted as a TV miniseries in 1991 starring the late John Ritter and Tim Curry. The story follows seven outcast children who come together over summer break to take on a monster troubling their town, only to face their own personal demons in the process.
“It” is a shape-shifting villain who mostly appears in the form of a clown named Pennywise with the aim of attracting young children as prey. The entity first appears in 1957 in Derry, Maine — a fictional town that appears in several of King’s works. King is a native of Portland, Maine.
Once he signs on, New Line plans to hire a new writer who will tailor the movie to the director’s vision, but will also keep the story in two parts. It’s currently unclear when they now plan to shoot to the film or if Muschietti plans to keep Will Poulter on as Pennywise.