The popular horror novel It, by Stephen King, is being adapted for a two-part feature film by New Line Cinema. Producers have been searching for a new director since Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) walked off the project in May due to creative and financial issues. Andy Muschietti, best known for the surprise hit horror film Mama, is currently in negotiations to direct.
Published in 1986 and spanning 1,136 pages, the book has become a horror favorite over the years. It involves an evil shape-shifting entity that frequently takes the form of a clown named Pennywise who terrorizes children in a small Maine town. Over summer vacation, a group of seven outcast children take it upon themselves to confront the villainous creature.
Following the departure of Fukunaga, many things remain unclear, including when the movie will begin filming. However, considering its high priority for the studio, there probably won’t be much of a delay. Twenty-two-year-old British actor Will Poulter (We’re the Millers and The Maze Runner) was set to star as Pennywise, but he is not, at this point, attached to the project. Depending on scheduling and other factors, he may return. When the deal with Muschietti is finalized, a new screenwriter will reportedly be brought in to shape the script to his particular vision.
This is not the first adaptation of the classic Stephen King novel. A TV mini-series starring John Ritter and Tim Curry aired in 1991.