After years in development, IT is finally happening.
True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga has been hard at work on trying to get his two-film adaptation of Stephen King’s classic tome, IT, off the ground for many years and now it appears to finally be happening. Awesome. Speaking with Vulture, producer Dan Lin said that the film is not only happening, but it will start shooting in the summer.
The idea is to start official prep in March for a summer shoot. Cary likes to develop things for a while, and we’ve been with this for about three or four years, so we’re super excited that he stayed with it. You guys are gonna be really excited.
That’s some great news because although we’ve known the film was in the works over at New Line for a while now, IT has always found a way to slip through the cracks during development, so it’s nice to get the official word for once. But perhaps the best news to come from this is that Lin went on to say that Stephen King himself loved the script Fukunaga and Chase Palmer came up with.
The most important thing is that Stephen King gave us his blessing. We didn’t want to make this unless he felt it was the right way to go, and when we sent him the script, the response that Cary got back was, ‘Go with God, please! This is the version the studio should make.’ So that was really gratifying.
It’s never a bad thing to get Stephen King’s approval, that’s for sure. That last I heard, the plan was to make two films with the first movie telling the kids’ story and the second movie focusing on the adults, which is honestly the best way to tell King’s story. This approach allows Fukunaga and Palmer to really explore the story and draw out plenty of depth from its characters, much like the novel.
I’m all for this adaptation, and while I agree that Tim Curry’s portrayal of Pennywise will likely never be topped, the film itself is seriously lacking. It’ll be interesting to see how the cast pans out because the focus on the kids’ story will be just as important as the adult one, leaving a lot riding on the shoulders of its actors. Casting Pennywise, though, is without a doubt the most important. Who’s going to be able to fill the shoes of Tim Curry?