Stephen King's 'It' Lands New Director in Andy Muschietti

Following Cary Fukunaga's departure from the film, "Mama's" Andy Muschietti has stepped up to take over directorial duties on the latest adaptation of Stephen King's "It," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Split into two films, the adaptation tells the tale of a group of misfit children who come together one summer to confront the mysterious, shape-shifting monster that’s plagued their town, most frequently in the form of a clown. Fukunaga, who joined the project at the end of last year, wrote a screenplay for the film with Chase Palmer, though New Line has reportedly begun to search for a new writer.

“It” was adapted in 1990 as a television miniseries, starring Tim Curry as Pennywise. However, it wasn’t until 2009 that Warner Bros. began its push to bring the decades-spanning, 900-page novel to the big screen. Earlier reports confirmed Fukunaga’s first film would focus on the protagonists as children and the second on them as adults, though it’s unclear how his departure will affect the story.

“The Maze Runner” actor Will Plouffer was cast earlier as the terrifying clown Pennywise, but it’s unclear whether he’ll remain following Fukanaga’s departure and resulting delay.

Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith and Jeffrey Katzenberg will produce the film, with Muschietti's sister and writing partner Barbara Muschietti likely to join them under the new deal.

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