While the horror community is still getting over the fact Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Beasts of No Nation) will no longer direct It, a new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror, things are still moving forward. It was announced back in July that Andy Muschietti (Mama) will now direct the highly anticipated new version, so things are not quite as bad as they seemed.
Muschietti showed great skill with Mama, so hopefully he can do this new version of It some justice.
Hidden in an article on Variety, it has now been reported that It will shoot next summer, and Cary Fukunaga’s choice to play Pennywise, Will Poulter (The Maze Runner), is still attached.
Andy Muschietti is preparing “It,” a Stephen King adaptation that would be made as two features. Recently announced, Andy Muschietti substituted Cary Fukunaga on a New Line project. Shoot would take place next summer, partly to allow for work with children, as they have the main roles in the first part. Casting is in process. “Will Poulter (‘The Maze Runner,” ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’) would be a great option. For me he is at the top of my list,” Andy advanced to Variety.
Regarding the Steven King adaptation, “King described 50s’ terror iconography. And I feel there’s a whole world now to rediscover, to update. There won’t be mommies, werewolves. Terrors are going to be a lot more surprising,” Andy announced of his potential update.
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.
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.