One of the projects we’ve been closely following here on iHorror is the second adaptation of Stephen King’s It, which is set to bring creepy clown Pennywise to the big screen for the very first time. One week after we learned that the film is indeed moving forward, with True Detective director Cary Fukunaga attached to co-write and direct, Fukunaga has spilled some beans about the project, which gives us our first insight into what we can expect from the remake.
In an interview with Collider, Fukunaga further elaborated on the status of the re-adaptation, confirming that it will be a two-part film, and that it’s the first part that he’s currently focusing all of his attention on.
“I am in the midst of rewriting the first script now,” said Fukunaga. “We’re not working on the second part yet. The first script is just about the kids. It’s more like Goonies meets a horror film.”
I don’t know about you, but that statement is music to my ears, for a couple of reasons. For one, I absolutely love movies like The Goonies, and that sounds to me like the perfect direction to head down with an adaptation of It. And secondly, I’ve always felt that the original mini-series was at its best when the group of friends were kids, rather than adults, so I’d love to see an entire film dedicated to that period of their lives.
Fukunaga also talked about the ending of the mini-series, which many weren’t exactly fond of…
“There will be no spider at the end of our movie,” he revealed. “We’re definitely honoring the spirit of Stephen King, but the horror has to be modernized to make it relevant. That’s my job, right now, on this pass. I’m working on making the horror more about suspense than visualization of any creatures. I just don’t think that’s scary. What could be there, and the sounds and how it interacts with things, is scarier than actual monsters.”
Again, this all sounds great to me, and I can’t imagine us horror fans being in any better hands than Fukunaga’s. If you’ve been watching HBO’s True Detective, you’ll know that he’s one of the most talented directors working in Hollywood right now, and we should all consider ourselves very lucky that he’s at the helm for this remake.
Fukunaga is currently shooting an indie film in Brazil, and It is expected to be the movie he follows that one up with. We’ll report more as we learn it!