Cary Fukunaga Making Stephen King's Clown Horror 'It' as Two Films
It and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1? This may actually be very good news. THR's Heat Vision is reporting news that Warner Bros has hired filmmaker-on-the-rise Cary Fukunaga, of Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre, to direct their new adaptation of Stephen King's It, about the clown Pennywise. But the best part of the news is that apparently Fukunaga will be developing the adaptation of King's novel into two films, working with Roy Lee and Dan Lin to produce. We've been hearing about this new "remake", or re-adaptation, for quite a while, but this is the first major development news in a few years. And I like where they're headed. Read on!
The original Stephen King novel is very long, and many have criticized that even the TV mini-series in 1990 left out a lot of material. It sounds like this is Warner Bros, Fukunaga and the production realizing the best course of action will be to take it into two films. Which is a very bold and somewhat risky move, but if they keep this up, it may pay off for them. Fukunaga will co-write the script with Chase Palmer, of Neo-Noir and the unproduced Dune. Roy Lee & Dan Lin are producing It, as are Seth Grahame-Smith & David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Production. No specific details are mentioned regarding the two-film split, but the way it reads it sounds like one may be focused on the children, the other one as they're adults when Pennywise returns.
This new It adaptation is still a Warner Bros production, and THR even said: "Warners picked up the rights in 2009 and originally intended to adapt it into a single movie." Glad to see that enough pressure has been put on them to make sure it's adapted the right way, and it sounds like that will be with two movies at least. A previous screenwriter claimed in 2009 that this project "will be R" - let's hope that stays true, too. We'll keep an eye on this and let you know when we hear any updates. Do two films seem like a good idea?