“And when you’re down here, YOU’LL FLOAT, TOO!!!”
Stephen King’s 1986 novel, IT, followed seven people during their childhood and adulthood as they confronted an evil presence that murders children by exploiting their inner fears. Like most of King’s other works, the novel was wildly successful. It led to a made-for-TV adaptation being made and aired in 1990 starring Tim Curry as the titular entity who mostly appeared in the guise of Pennywise the Clown. The miniseries was equally successful, being viewed in over 15 million households over its two-evening run.
Warner Bros. has decided to go ahead with another adaptation of the novel, this time for theatrical distribution. They plan to split up the project and release it as two separate films. And news has just been released about who is attached to write and direct this new iteration.
Cary Fukunaga is set to co-write the scripts and direct the films. The other writer will be Chase Palmer. Fukunaga’s credits include writing and directing SIN NOMBRE and directing the recent film adaptation of JANE EYRE with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. Palmer has no credits listed as of this writing.
This project has a lot of potential. It will be interesting to see what time, new filmmakers, and a new perspective can bring to this epic monster tale. Although, they will need to cast Pennywise very carefully. Tim Curry’s performance is the stuff of legends, with people still terrified of his portrayal and his image even becoming an internet meme.
No cast members have been named, and no release date has been set.
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