Back when a remake of Stephen King's It was announced with True Detective's Cary Fukunaga, we couldn't have been more excited.
The first season of True Detective was one of the best things on television and Cary Fukunaga's reputation as a thoughtful, visually-minded director would have worked perfectly with Stephen King's It. Sadly, Fukunaga departed the project over creative differences, despite spending a number of years working on the script and casting Will Poulter as Pennywise.
However, there's been renewed hope in the adaptation with a report that Andy Muscietti, who directed the so-so horror Mama, signed up to direct. Fans of the novel will know that the story is split between the characters being terrorised by Pennywise both as children and adults, flicking back and forth between the two time periods.
In a recent interview, producer Roy Lee confirmed that the entire story will split over two films, with the first film being told from the viewpoint of the children and the second being told from the adults.
"It is very close to the source material in one way but very different if you look at it as a literary piece of work," explained Lee. "We’re taking it and making the movie from the point of view of the kids, and then making another movie from the point of view of the adults, that could potentially then be cut together like the novel. But it’s gonna be a really fun way of making this movie."
Lee also confirmed that the film will be a hard R-rating, meaning that there'll definitely be more than a few scares along the way. The film is also expected to begin filming this summer with the script being put through a final draft to make sure it fits with the budget.
It's a crying shame that we won't get to see Cary Fukunaga's version of what he had in mind for It as most of his script has been rewritten, but it's still pretty cool to see a Stephen King novel being made into a film.