Cary Fukunaga directing Stephen King’s It in 2015
In a long time there was nothing news worthy about long lasting preparation of New Line Cinema’s and the director Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Stephen King’s monumental novel It. Usually projects that are this slow means that: one -they are never going to happen or tow: the creative team had changed. Happily for us in this particular case the things are not exactly that bad.
In his interview with the Vulture, the producer Dan Lynn shared not only that the project is not disband, but it is finally taking speed, and it is probably going to enter pre-production stage this spring with Cary Fukunaga as director.
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.”
Given the enormous size of the novel there were some rumors circling around that the movie will be split in two parts. Now Lynn confirms these rummors and shares that they won’t be able to give justice to the characters and present them with enough depth with just one movie.
If you wonder if the movie going to be split exactly the same way as the book, wonder no more – the first part will be “coming-of-age story” and it is going to introduce us to the characters childhood and the appearance of Pennywise . The second part is going to follow their adulthood and the return to Dery.
The good news is that King have read the screenplay, and particularly the last draft, which is work of Fukunaga and Chris Palmer. In Lynn’s own word – he is definitely delighted :
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.”
We have to make a note here the King has given blessing to outrageous bullshits, but in that case we think that there is a chance we will get something better than average. We think Fukunaga is going to make it. This was our feeling before and now after the epic True Detective we don’t have any doubts. The tricky part is that he was hired only for one movie, but Lynn says they are in final negotiation for the second one.