Stephen King‘s It, the bestselling novel and subsequent TV miniseries responsible for more cases of coulrophobia than John Wayne Gacy, Bozo, and McDonald’s combined, looks to at last be on the fast track to the big screen.
We first learned of this project back in 2012, but there’s been nary a peep until now. We were told the story would likely be stretched over two films and that Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) was attached to direct, but little else.
Recently, producer Dan Lin claimed in an interview with Collider that Pennywise could be creeping the living piss out of moviegoers in the relatively near future:
Cary Fukunaga is writing and directing Stephen King’s It for me, and I’m really excited for that. So I’m hoping that’ll be his next movie after the indie he’s shooting in Africa…I love what he did with True Detective. I think it’s a great sample for Stephen King’s It. So I’m really excited about that.
And thus we have our answer to the question of why this project suddenly got kicked into high gear: True Detective. The new HBO series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson is a smash hit–and Fukunaga directed the first eight episodes.
Aside from Jane Eyre, Fukunaga’s work has been pretty low-profile, but apparently the producers believe True Detective‘s success will grant the director the name recognition necessary for a project of this magnitude.
As Lin mentioned, Fukunaga is currently working on an indie: Beasts of No Nation. So long as it’s done before the next season of True Detective, and the usual studio BS is kept to a minimum, It could start production very soon. Fukunaga has stuck with this for almost two years, which would indicate he has true affection for this film and likely would want to get it started as soon as possible.
Oh, just in case you’re in the dark (the scary, scary dark!) about King’s 1986 horror masterpiece: The novel tells the story of a group of childhood friends who must band together–once as youths, then again as adults–to face a terrifying entity that has taken the form of a superlatively disturbing clown named Pennywise. The 1990 miniseries was arguably the best televised adaptation of a King novel (The Stand comes close), and Fukunaga’s film is going to have a hard time matching Tim Curry’s magnificent performance as Pennywise.
In any case, I’m delighted that It is going to get the un (well, LESS) censored adaptation it deserves…
If I were any happier, I’d be floating 😉