This needed to happen, folks. The fact that it has taken this long for a new adaptation of Stephen King’s best-selling novel It is kind of unbelievable. The book itself is terrifying, and the 1990 miniseries certainly had its moments so it’s surprising that we haven’t seen a new take on the story sooner. THR reports, Cary Fukunaga, the hot-shot filmmaker behind last year’s adaptation of Jane Eyre, is boarding the project as director and will co-write the script with Chase Palmer, who previously adapted Frank Herbert’s Dune for Paramount.
They plan on adapting the work into two films, and my response to that is: DUH! They could even stretch it to three if they really wanted to, but the simple fact that Fukunaga and Palmer recognize that this is a story that cannot be rushed gives me a lot of confidence in this adaptation. Rarely should horror fans get excited when we see the word “remake”, but this is one that I think we can all agree has the potential to be an absolute horror fest. Tim Curry’s performance as the iconic Pennywise will no doubt creep its way into the conversation when you mention a remake of It, and while I’d love to see him wear the red nose once again, the idea of another actor tackling a role that will haunt the dreams of many is an exciting one.
The story follows a group of kids called the Losers Club that encounter a creature called It, which preys on children and whose favorite form is that of a sadistic clown called Pennywise. When the creature resurfaces, the kids are called upon to regroup again, this time as adults, even though they have no memory of the first battle.
Roy Lee and Dan Lin are producing It, as are Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Production.
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