As far as upcoming horror projects are concerned, one of the most hotly anticipated is a feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, which will bring terrifying clown Pennywise back into our lives. Today, we’ve learned that the production is coming along smoothly, and the film has received a pretty major endorsement!
In an interview with Vulture, producer Dan Lin revealed that IT will indeed be the next film he tackles, and he confirmed that Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) will be in the director’s chair.
“The idea is to start official prep in March for a summer shoot,” said Lin. “Cary likes to develop things for a while, and we’ve been with this for about three or four years, so we’re super excited that he stayed with it. You guys are gonna be really excited.”
Lin also provided some insight into what we can expect from the finished product, which will split King’s novel up into two separate films. “The book is so epic that we couldn’t tell it all in one movie and service the characters with enough depth,” he explained.
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, though he’ll likely be co-writing the second.
“The most important thing is that Stephen King gave us his blessing,” said Lin. “We didn’t want to make this unless he felt it was the right way to go, and when we sent him the script, the response that Cary got back was, ‘Go with God, please! This is the version the studio should make.’ So that was really gratifying.”
Two films. King loves the script. Fukunaga directing. I see nothing about this that should raise any red flags for any of us. All sounds like music to my ears!