Vulture has confirmed that True Detective director Cary Fukunaga will direct the first part of a two-movie adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel It.
The film will be produced by Dan Lin (The LEGO Movie, Sherlock Holmes) and will begin prepping in March for a summer 2015 shoot “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,” Lin said. “You guys are gonna be really excited.”
Fukunaga’s involvement as director and co-writer was first reported in June 2012, well before he won an Emmy for his work on the HBO crime series.
Lin revealed that King is excited for the adaptation. “We didn’t want to make this unless [King] 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,'” he told Vulture. “So that was really gratifying.”
Considering the novel’s epic length, It will be adapted into two feature films. Fukunaga is only attached to direct the first installment, which will reportedly be a coming-of-age story focusing on the lead characters’ childhood struggle against the shape-shifting It. Lin said Fukunaga is close to finalizing a deal to board the second It film as a co-writer.
It was previously adapted in 1990 as a two-part TV movie starring Tim Curry as the titular antagonist.
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