While we kinda already knew that True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga would be directing the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s It, and that the film would likely be in two parts, what we didn’t know was that the film would be ready to shoot next Summer.
In an interview with Vulture, It producer Dan Lin re-confirmed things we already knew, and revealed some juicy new details on when the film will be starting production. Lin also revealed what King himself thought of the new adaptation:
“The idea is to start official prep in March for a summer shoot,” said Lin. “Cary likes to develop things for a while, and we’ve been with this for about three or four years, so we’re super excited that he stayed with it. You guys are gonna be really excited.”
So there’s the latest confirmation that Fukunaga will be directing, something that excites me very much. Lin also reveals that the film is set to shoot next Summer, which means the film should be ready for sometime in 2016.
Both Lin and Vulture then confirm that the film would be split into two halves, much like the 1990 TV mini-series, with the first half focusing on the kids, and the second focusing on the adults. Vulture states that Fukunaga will be directing the kids part, but has not been confirmed to direct the second, adult themed movie:
“The book is so epic that we couldn’t tell it all in one movie and service the characters with enough depth,” explained Lin; the first film, then, will be a coming-of-age story about the children tormented by It, while the second will skip ahead in time as those same characters band together to continue the fight as adults. Though Fukunaga is only committed to directing the first film, Lin says the in-demand helmer is currently closing a deal to co-write the second.
Finally, Lin revealed that King himself is more than happy with what they are doing:
“The most important thing is that Stephen King gave us his blessing,” said Lin. “We didn’t want to make this unless he felt it was the right way to go, and when we sent him the script, the response that Cary got back was, ‘Go with God, please! This is the version the studio should make.’ So that was really gratifying.”
Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg will be producing the new adaptation, and with Fukunaga directing, this could very well turn out to be a masterpiece.