Two films based on Stephen King’s It are finally heading towards production.
It’s been a troubled journey, getting a fresh cinematic take on Stephen King’s It to the big screen. Director Cary Fukunaga had been developing the project for a few years, eventually jumping ship as production neared. There was a reported disagreement between Fukunaga and New Line Cinema as to the direction the project should be heading in. Andy Muschietti is now set to direct.
The plan has been to split It into a pair of movies, and producer Roy Lee – chatting to Collider – has given an update as to the status of the project.
“It will hopefully be shooting later this year. We just got the California tax credit”, he said. “Gary Doberman wrote the most recent draft working with Andy Muscetti, so it’s being envisioned as two movies”.
He confirmed that “it is very close to the source material in one way but very different if you look at it as a literary piece of work”, adding that “we’re taking it and making the movie from the point of view of the kids, and then making another movie from the point of view of the adults, that could potentially then be cut together like the novel. But it’s going to be be a really fun way of making this movie”.
Right now, the script is being tailored to fit the budget that New Line has afforded the project.
Will Poulter had been cast in the role of Pennywise previously, but he was asked him – while he was promoting The Revenant – if he was still on board.
“I don’t know. I don’t know”, he said. “I was once when Mr Fukunaga was directing, but the circumstances at New Line are such that a new director’s attached now. I think, with all due respect to him of course, I was selected by Cary and subscribed to Cary’s vision for the movie, and so I haven’t had a chance to connect with that [new] director. Of course, I have a relationship with New Line so I’m grateful to them for taking a punt on me – both for We’re The Millers and It. But my involvement remains to be seen”.
Our understanding is that Poulter won’t be Pennywise now, but nothing has been officially confirmed.