After the crushing news that True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga had dropped out of the feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, a lot of people assumed (me included) that the project was all but dead. New Line had other plans, however, quickly replacing Fukunaga with Mama director Andres Muschietti, who is no doubt an interesting choice.
While I’m glad that the project is still moving forward, word is that along with the addition of Muschietti, they’ll be replacing much of Fukunaga’s script… you know, the one he spent 4 years working on. Ouch. There’s really no telling which direction they’ll be going in now, but it sounds to me like Muschietti is just a “yes man”, who will deliver the kind of budget the studio wants moving forward.
One thing I will say is that Muschietti only has one feature film under his belt, so it’s hard to gauge what kind of movie we’re really going to get. He’s no doubt a talented director, and while Mama misses the mark, there are some pretty creepy visuals throughout the film that show plenty of promise. We’ll certainly have to wait until we see/hear more from what Muschietti has planned, but there will always be that nagging feeling of what could have been had Fukunaga gotten to deliver the movie he was so passionately working on for all these years.
With the announcement of a new director came no further details on the project, but I’d imagine they’re starting from scratch with the hopes to still deliver two films. Muschietti has two other projects announced with an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Jaunt and Shadow of the Colossus in the works, but no word on whether or not he’ll be putting those aside for IT.
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