WB to Revisit Stephen King’s It With Two-Movie Adaptation
An adaptation of Jane Eyre may not seem like the perfect lead-in to working on a Stephen King film, but that’s the path director Cary Fukunaga took to get to the project. Heat Vision reports that while Fukunaga is currently working on the Woody Harrelson/Matthew McConaughey HBO murder mystery True Detectives, he has signed on to direct and co-write It for Warner Bros., along with co-writer Chase Palmer. The studio plans to split the story into two films.
Published in 1986, It centers on seven kids who see a shape-shifting monster in the form of a clown named Pennywise do some terrible things in the 1950s and again, when they’re adults, in the mid-1980s. The book was adapted in 1990 as a TV movie starring John Ritter, Annette O’Toole, Richard Thomas and Tim Reid, with Tim Curry as Pennywise.
Warner Bros. snatched up the rights in 2009. The true test of this film’s effectiveness will not be in the performances, but how many new clown-related nightmares it spawns.