Director Tommy Lee Wallace’s made for TV adaptation of Stephen King’s It was released in 1990, and is beloved by horror fans. Anyone with a fear of clowns will probably tell you that it all came from Tim Curry’s chilling portrayal of the cruel Pennywise (above), so talk of a new version of It has not exactly gone down well.
However, the TV series did have its problems, and although for the majority of the film (especially when focussing on the kids) it was some of the best horror of the decade, the ending was poor and some of the later scenes with the adults just couldn’t live up to the terrific feel of when the gang of friends were kids. Saying that though, It is a must-see for all horror fans, but I am actually very excited about the new version. Why, I hear you ask?
Well, if you have been watching HBO’s astonishing TV series True Detective, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, then you will have already experienced the stunning directorial skills of Cary Fukunaga, and he is the man to direct the new adaptation of It. Considering the tremendous skill he has shown in True Detective, and with a number of films including Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre, I believe this is the man to give us a perfect version of It.
Collider caught up with both producer Dan Lin, and Fukunaga himself, and during interviews with both of them, Collider dropped the question about It.
Here is what producer Dan Lin told them:
“Cary Fukunaga is writing and directing Stephen King’s It for me, and I’m really excited for that,” says Lin. “So I’m hoping that’ll be his next movie after the indie he’s shooting in Africa… I love what he did with ‘True Detective.’ I think it’s a great sample for Stephen King’s It. So I’m really excited about that.”
So Lin has confirmed the film is still happening, and also confirmed that Fukunaga will be directing, so in an interview a day or so later with Fukunaga about True Detective, Collider asked him about It.
“I am in the midst of rewriting the first script now. We’re not working on the second part yet. The first script is just about the kids. It’s more like Goonies meets a horror film”
So this sort of confirms what had been planned out by Warner Brothers years ago, that the new adaptation would be split into two movies, and it sounds like the two halves will feature on the kids first, and the adults second.
Learning from the mistakes of the original version, Fukunaga continued:
“There will be no spider at the end of our movie. We’re definitely honoring the spirit of Stephen King, but the horror has to be modernized to make it relevant. That’s my job, right now, on this pass. I’m working on making the horror more about suspense than visualization of any creatures. I just don’t think that’s scary. What could be there, and the sounds and how it interacts with things, is scarier than actual monsters”