'It' Still Lives Following Cary Fukanaga's Exit

The sudden departure of director Cary Fukanaga from "It" hasn't vanquished Pennywise but merely slowed him down.

Bloody Disgusting reports New Line's planned two-film adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 horror novel will trudge on, although it's unclear when or where. Production had been set to begin this summer in New York, but that's obviously no longer going to happen.

New surfaced over the holiday weekend that the studio had parted company with the Emmy-winning Fukanaga ("True Detective") due to "budgetary reasons that stem from a difference in creative visions." Although New Line had approved a $30 million budget for the first movie, insiders contend Fukanaga's drafts called for a higher figure.

According to Bloody Disgusting, Warner Bros. is already meeting with potential replacements, which seems to executives knew the split was coming.

"The Maze Runner" actor Will Plouffer was cast early this month as the terrifying clown Pennywise, but it's unclear whether he'll remain following Fukanaga's departure and resulting delay.

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