Remake of Stephen King's 'It' Confirmed by Producer
'True Detective's Cary Fukunaga is attached to direct the first of two movies.
It's been nearly 25 years since the It mini-series first aired on ABC. And while that version gave us Tim Curry's iconic portrayal of Pennywise the killer clown, it wasn't really the cinematic adaptation Stephen King fans would really like to see. But that's about to change.
True Detective's Cary Fukunaga is now attached to direct the first movie in a two-part adaptation of It, and he's in talks to co-write the second one. This is from the mouth of producer Dan Lin, who told Vulture about it at a party Thursday night. Lin said the first movie will start shooting next summer after "about three or four years" of covert development." He didn't give any details on a release date.
According to Lin, that first movie will focus on the main characters as children who are terrorized by It, and the second movie will find them reuniting to finally destroy the monster. "The book is so epic that we couldn’t tell it all in one movie and service the characters with enough depth," he said.
Most importantly for King fans, the script has the approval of the author himself, at least according to Lin. "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."