True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga has been hard at work on bringing Pennywise back to the big screen in his two-part adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, which is poised to be one of the all time great takes on King’s work. As much as I love Tim Curry’s haunting performance as Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the 1990 miniseries, the adaptation itself just doesn’t do the story justice. Simply put, it’s just no where near as good as it should be. Outside of Curry’s take on Pennywise, the miniseries doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on. That’s why seeing a filmmaker like Fukunaga take the helm of this epic story is so exciting, he has a way of extracting the darkness out of every scene in terrifying fashion, letting atmosphere and tension do all the talking.
In speaking with EW, producer Seth Grahame-Smith dropped a few promising details on the upcoming adaptation:
I think that if anything, [the new film] will bring back some of the viciousness of the book that they couldn’t do with the miniseries because it was for broadcast… I think it’s going to be very scary, but I also feel like you’ve got Cary who is going to direct these kids—and he’s incredible at casting, incredible at shooting. He’s incredible with tone and atmosphere. One of the things I wanted to do is be a part of one of the really good King adaptations. As we know, there is an echelon of King adaptations that are classics. There are some that are okay. There are some that we’d rather forget.
As far as where they currently stand with the film, Grahame-Smith says they hope to shoot it this summer:
We’re going to get a draft, what is supposed to be the shooting [script], any day now from Cary and his writing partner… We’re doing a deal for them to write the second movie. Our hope is to prep sometime in the next few months and shoot in the summer. That one is as much on the runway as we can possibly be. I know New Line is ready to go.
So there you have it, folks. We’re all caught up to what’s going on with Fukunaga’s IT adaptation, one that I can confidently say is going to be something special. Now the question lies in casting and who’s going to don the red nose.