Emmy-nominated True Detective director Cary Fukunaga will helm a film adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel. It has been previously adapted as a miniseries with Tim Curry as the titular horrifying clown Pennywise. Producer Dan Lin stated that the plan is to split King’s 1000 plus pages novel into two films.
“The book is so epic that we couldn’t tell it all in one movie and service the characters with enough depth.” said Lin. The first film will be a coming-of-age story. It will center on the group of children in the small town of Derry, Maine who are being tormented by It. The second film will follow the story as the group reunites as adults to fight against the monster.
Fukunaga is currently committed to directing the first film, and will be closing a deal to co-write the second. Stephen King was thrilled that his novel would be getting a big-screen treatment. Lin explained that after sending the script to King, he enthusiastically replied “Go with God, please! This is the version the studio should make.”
Official preparation will begin in March, with filming beginning next summer. “We’ve been with this for about three of four years” Lin stated. “So we’re super excited that he [Cary Fukunaga] stayed with it. You guys are gonna be really excited.”
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