As we reported last year, a brand new 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. And it won’t be long before the new face of Pennywise is found, as filming is about to begin.
We’ve gotten word tonight, via Production Weekly, that pre-production on the film is well underway, and the plan is for cameras to start rolling this coming June. The so-called re-adaptation of King’s classic novel will be filming in New York, which means Pennywise is about to take a bite out of the Big Apple.
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. Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) is attached to direct the first part, and this bold new adaptation is being described as “very scary.”
“I’ve been on this project for about five years,” Fukunaga recently said. “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.”