It’s hard to imagine anyone topping Tim Curry‘s Pennywise in Stephen King‘s It television miniseries, but director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) is going to give it his best shot. He’s been tasked with creating part one of a two-part It. Fukunaga recently talked about finding his Pennywise to the Brazilian newspaper O Globo.
This will be my first movie in the US and I’m still trying to find the perfect guy to play Pennywise. It’s really good to know Stephen [King] likes what we did. We (Fukunaga and writers David Kajganich and Chase Palmer) changed names, dates, dynamics, but the spirit is similar to what he’d like to see in cinemas, I think.
Word is that the movie will be brought forward in time frame, from the original’s 1950’s childhood to sometime in the 1980’s.
I’ve been in this project for about five years. I had already read versions of the script but nothing felt right. Everybody tried to put too much into it, telling it from the perspective of the adult and the child in a two-hour movie. It didn’t fit. So I decided to throw it all away and start from scratch.
Who might play the updated Pennywise? There’s been a lot of fan talk about Tilda Swinton (Adaptation, Snowpiercer), Paul Giamatti (John Adams, Sideways), and Michael Shannon (Take Shelter, Boardwalk Empire) around the Internet, but nothing with any real teeth yet.
There’s no official word yet, but Fukunaga should also be involved with at least the writing of It Part Two as well. Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema are producing and distributing the pair of films. There was a synopsis floating around, but it’s pretty much the same you would find for the original:
A promise made twenty-eight years ago calls seven adults to reunite in Derry, Maine, where as teenagers they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Unsure that their Losers Club had vanquished the creature all those years ago, the seven had vowed to return to Derry if IT should ever reappear. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that summer return as they prepare to do battle with the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers once more.
What do you think? Are you ready to see It on the big screen? Who should play Pennywise?