Director Cary Fukunaga has spoken to ‘GQ’ why he opted to leave the 2017 remake of IT just a few weeks before production was due to start.
“I think it was fear on their part, that they couldn’t control me. No, they thought they couldn’t control me. I would have been a total collaborator. That was the kind of ridiculous part. It was just more a perception. I have never seen a note and been like, ‘F**k you guys. No way’. It’s always been a conversation.”
“I don’t think I’ve ever been able to make something uncompromising. Like, someone commented on Beasts Of No Nation, ‘Oh, how did it feel to make a movie that’s uncompromising?’ Like, uncompromising? I had to rewrite my entire third act ’cause we didn’t have the money to finish the film. We compromise all over the place.”
Fukunaga first spoke about this back in 2015.
“I was trying to make an unconventional horror film. It didn’t fit into the algorithm of what they knew they could spend and make money back on based on not offending their standard genre audience. Our budget was perfectly fine. We were always hovering at the $32 million mark, which was their budget. It was the creative that we were really battling. I wrote the script. They wanted me to make a much more inoffensive, conventional script. But I don’t think you can do proper Stephen King and make it inoffensive.”
I’d have liked to have seen Fukunaga’s take but, while Andy Muschietti’s film didn’t quite hit the mark for me personally, it’s hard to argue with the huge box office success it had.
IT: Chapter Two is set to hit cinemas on September 6, 2019.