New adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘It’ will bring back the viciousness


We already know that the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s It will be two feature films, we know that True Detective director Cary Fukunaga is directing, and regular horror producer Dan Lin is producing. We also know that the highly anticipated film will shoot this summer.

However, producer Seth Grahame-Smith has now spilled the beans on the tone of the new adaptation, and I am sure this will delight horror fans.

Speaking with EW, Grahame-Smith revealed:

“I think that if anything, [the new film] will bring back some of the viciousness of the book that they couldn’t do with the miniseries because it was for broadcast… I think it’s going to be very scary, but I also feel like you’ve got Cary who is going to direct these kids—and he’s incredible at casting, incredible at shooting. He’s incredible with tone and atmosphere. One of the things I wanted to do is be a part of one of the really good King adaptations. As we know, there is an echelon of King adaptations that are classics. There are some that are okay. There are some that we’d rather forget.”

Producer Lin told Vulture recently:

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.”

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.

About Matt Wavish 10001 Articles
A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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