The horror community was shocked and saddened when director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) left his adaptation of It earlier this year. Fans were looking forward to an amazing adaptation of Stephen King’s classic tale, but sadly Fukunaga leaving put doubts not only on the quality of the eventual film, but whether the film would ever get made at all.
About a month ago Mama director Andy Mushietti signed on to direct the project, but there was still a bitter taste for fans over Fukunaga’s departure. He has now opened up to EW about what caused him to quit:
“It’s never easy. Chase [Palmer] and I had been working on that script for probably three years. There was a lot of our childhood and our experience in it.
Ultimately, we and New Line have to agree on the kind of movie we want to make, and we just wanted to make different movies. It’s like a relationship: you can try to make the other person who you want them to be, but it’s impossible really to change. You just have to work”
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 the film or if Muschietti plans to keep Will Poulter on as Pennywise.