There are plenty of movie lovers out there that cannot stomach remakes. For many people, updating an existing property, especially one that is attached to warm nostalgia, is an almost unforgiveable offense and death threats via social media to the offending movie makers is almost a given these days. On the other side of the coin, there are films out there that, while absolutely wonderful, are due for an update. Stephen King’s It is one of those films. For years, the R-rated reboot has been heading towards production and just recently, it appeared that the film had found its Pennywise in We’re the Millers’ Will Poulter. It appears that excitement for the project may have been a bit premature, however, as director Cary Fukunaga has officially stepped away from the film.
THR first broke the news that the True Detective director has parted ways with New Line Cinema and it is rumored that the parting of ways was caused by budget issues that arose out of “creative differences” (that old chestnut). If sources are to be believed, New Line was attempting to capitalize on the success of lower budget horror films such as The Conjuring and Paranormal Activity and was hoping to keep the first film of the planned two-film event under $30 million and Fukunaga’s drafts could not stand under this budget. In case you missed that, that’s “drafts”, plural. With the movie set to begin shooting in just three weeks, the script was still undergoing changes and no shooting script had been completed.
Fans of the Stephen King classic, “It”, were very excited for this remake. Previously, a pretty wonderful adaptation was brought to the small screen with a two-part miniseries that starred Annette O’Toole, John Ritter, Harry Anderson, Jonathon Brandis, Seth Green, and the fantastic Tim Curry as the creepiest clown to ever hit the screen, Pennywise. The adaptation was fairly faithful to the source material and inspired an entire generation of children to grow up with coulrophobia. While the original film was definitely worth the four hour run time, seeing what a movie studio could do with the property with a big screen budget had a myriad of horror fans ready to run to theaters to get scared all over again. If Stephen King’s reaction is any indication, it doesn’t look like fans should be holding their breath for the project to continue at this point.
The remake of IT may be dead–or undead–but we’ll always have Tim Curry. He’s still floating down in the sewers of Derry.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 25, 2015
So true, Mr. King, so true.
Are you disappointed that the remake seems to be dead? Is there another Stephen King movie you would love to see get the reboot treatment?