Big Screen Adaptation of Stephen King’s IT Could Shoot This Year
Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) was set to helm It, the newest adaptation of legendary author Stephen King’s famed 1986 novel, until creative and budgetary issues forced Fukunaga and Warner Brothers to part ways. Planned as a two-part adaptation, with the first installment centering around children and the subsequent installment following those same characters as adults. July saw reports that Andrés Muschietti (Mama), who declined to return for Mama 2, was in talks to take over for Fukunaga – and with Muschietti now in the director’s seat, production is gaining traction.
Collider met with It producer Roy Lee at DICE 2016, where it was revealed that Fukunaga and Chase Palmer’s script underwent rewrites, and that Lee and crew hope to get the production in front of the cameras before the end of 2016. “It will hopefully be shooting later this year. We just got the California tax credit… Gary Doberman wrote the most recent draft working with Andy Muscetti, so it’s being envisioned as two movies,” Lee shared.
“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… 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,” said Lee, hypothesizing that the planned two-part It could potentially be condensed into a traditional, one part film. “But it’s gonna be a really fun way of making this movie.”
After reportedly confirming an R rating, Lee goes on to add that the script is being fine-tuned: “We are very close to turning in the final draft of the script,” he said. “It’s mainly working on it for budgeting purposes to make it fit within the budget that we have.”
With Friday the 13th, The Exorcist, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween all in the process of being rebooted for a modern generation of horror consumers, It – which first made its way to live-action with a 1990 TV mini-series starring Tim Curry – is a prime candidate for a big screen reinterpretation. Stephen King’s novel was the best selling book of 1986, and Pennywise the clown is a horror icon in its own right, making It an intriguing project that, should it avoid further setbacks, could bow as soon as 2017.