A big-screen version of Stephen King's epic novel has been in the works for a while, but now it looks like the movie may finally become a reality.
It was two years ago that a film version of the 1986 book -- which follows seven friends as children and adults as they battle a hideous evil lurking under their hometown -- was first announced, with director Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) attached to direct. Little has been heard about it since, but now producer Dan Lin has told Collider that the project could be getting underway soon:
Cary Fukunaga is writing and directing Stephen King’s It for me, and I’m really excited for that. So I’m hoping that’ll be his next movie after the indie he’s shooting in Africa...I love what he did with True Detective. I think it’s a great sample for Stephen King’s It. So I’m really excited about that.
Why could It suddenly be on a faster track? Lin said it: True Detective. Fukunaga has directed all eight episodes of the new HBO series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and the show has been a massive hit with both fans and critics (I'm just about to delve into it myself, and I understand it's some of the creepiest, most compelling storytelling on TV right now).
Fukunaga's previous films were not seen by wide audiences, but the succcess of True Detective could be enough leverage for him and Lin to finally get It moving.
There are still some possible roadblocks: First, Fukunaga is currently shooting a small independent film called Beasts of No Nation. When that's done, he could theoretically start It -- unless a second season of True Detective, another project, or the usual studio interference gets in the way. Also unclear is whether It will still be two movies, as originally proposed, or shrunk down to one.
Either way, it's reassuring that Fukunaga has stuck with the project for this long, which seems to indicate that he really wants to make it. And while the 1990 TV miniseries holds up pretty well for its time (except for that infamous giant spider), a large-scale film version would certainly be welcome. We have to say, however, that it will be hard for anyone to top Tim Curry's frightening and unforgettable performance as Pennywise the Clown.
Do you want to see It come to the big screen? And for those of you who have seen True Detective, do you think it's a good calling card for this director?