As we reported last year, another adaptation of Stephen King’s IT is headed our way, in the form of a two-part feature film that will bring terrifying clown Pennywise back to life. Today we’ve got a little update on the project, straight from the horse’s mouth!
In an interview with Portuguese newspaper O Globo, director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) spoke a little bit about the project, talking about the incredible work that has gone into re-adapting the novel, and indicating that he’s on the hunt for a brand new Pennywise.
“I’ve been on this project for about five years,” said Fukunaga. “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.”
“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 changed names, dates, dynamics, but the spirit is similar to what he’d like to see in cinemas, I think.”
As of earlier this year, the plan is to begin shooting IT this summer. The pre-production process is well underway, so it likely won’t be long before Pennywise is found.
The first film will center on the children being tormented by Pennywise, while the second will jump ahead in time as those characters band together to fight as adults. Fukunaga is currently only attached to direct the first of two parts, and this bold new adaptation is being described as “very scary.”