Stephen King fans rejoice because, after the news last week that The Stand may be a four-movie monster (here), it seems that one of his other masterworks, IT, is set for the proper big screen treatment too.
LEGO Movie producer Dan Lin has confirmed that True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga will be directing the monster (literally and figuratively) adaptation early next year: “The idea is to start official prep in March for a summer shoot. 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.”
The first half will deal with the monster clown – Pennywise – hunting the children of Derry, Maine in 1957. The second movie will see the now adult children returning in 1984 to confront the monster of their childhoods. However, Lin confirms that Fukunga is only currently signed for the first movie and he’s eyeing other projects even though the studio, New Line, wants him to helm both parts.
“The book is so epic that we couldn’t tell it all in one movie and service the characters with enough depth,” said Lin.
Currently, the time periods aren’t locked and may vary from the books, allowing the children to return in the modern day rather than 1984, but he does confirm the King himself has approved the project: “The most important thing is that Stephen King gave us his blessing,” he said.
“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.”
Fukunaga wrote the screenplay. The pic above is the unforgettable Tim Curry as Pennywise from the TV mini-series… nightmare fuel.
Source: Coming Soon