While nothing below is exactly new, I am very much looking forward to the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It, so any updates on what promises to be an high class horror are well worth sharing.
Why am I so excited about this new version? Well it has True Detective director Cary Fukunaga at the helm, and if you have seen that astonishing TV series, then you will know exactly the kind of brilliance Fukunaga is capable of.
Bloody Disgusting shared an interview Fukunaga had with Portuguese newspaper O Globo, and in the interview the director explained that he has been working on the film for five years, something we already had an idea of when Dan Lin explained in an interview last year that Fukunaga likes to take his time with developing a film. Lin said that the film had been in development for three or four years.
Fukunaga also says that they are still looking for the perfect actor to play Pennywise the clown, a task which seems almost impossible after Tim Curry’s amazing performance in the 1990 made for TV version. The worrying thing here is that the film is rumoured to be shooting this summer, so they need to find their Pennywise fast.
The other interesting point Fukunaga makes is that he reveals that he eventually started the films story from scratch, but what this means for the films presentation no one will know until the film begins properly developing and more news gets released.
For now though, here is what Fukunaga told the Portuguese newspaper:
“I’ve been in this project for about five years,” says Fukunaga in a translation by Lucca. “I had already read versions of the script but nothing felt right. Everybody tried to put too much into it, telling it from the perspective of the adult and the child in a two hour movie. It didn’t fit. So I decided to throw it all away and start from scratch.
“This will be my first movie in the US and I’m still trying to find the perfect guy to play Pennywise,” he added. “It’s really good to know Stephen [King] likes what we did. We (Fukunaga and writers David Kajganich and Chase Palmer) changed names, dates (the story is originally set in the 60?s) dynamics, but the spirit is similar to what he’d like to see in cinemas, I think.”
I don’t care what anyone thinks, this is a remake/reboot whatever that will be worth looking forward to.
A few months ago producer Seth Grahame-Smith told EW:
“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 Dan Lin told Vulture last year:
“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.