“Jane Eyre” Director Ventures Into King Territory
Cary Fukanaga, the director behind last year’s Jane Eyre, will be directing Warner Bros’ adaptation of It, Stephen King’s best-selling novel of the same name.
The twist is that Fukanaga, who is co-writing the script with Dune scribe Chase Palmer, wants to adapt the story into two films.
Published in 1986, the story concerns the Losers Club, a group of kids who encounter a deadly supernatural creature called It. The creature takes on the form of its victims’s worst fears and frequently appears as a deadly clown called Pennywise.
The kids initially vanquish the creature, but years later they must battle it once again – this time as adults. Interestingly, they have no memory of their first fight against It.
The story was originally adapted into a 1990 TV miniseries starring Tim Curry as Pennywise, as well as John Ritter, Harry Anderson, Annette O Toole and Richard Thomas.
Given the massive length of King’s novel, the two movie approach makes plenty of sense. The novel takes place in two time zones, 1958 and 1985. The former unfolds when the Losers Club are children, and the latter unfolds during their adulthood.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter