Stephen King’s “It” To Be 2 Big Screen Movies
In an interview with Vulture, producer Dan Lin confirmed he is producing a big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s It.
Orignally published in 1986, the story – set in Derry, Maine – revolves around an evil force which takes on the form of its victims’ worst fears. A good chunk of the time it assumes the form of a killer clown named Pennywise.
The tale will apparently be told as two separate movies. The first film, to start shooting next summer, will center around a group of kids terrorised by It, while the second installment sees the characters band together, as adults, to end its rein of terror once and for all.
Cary Fukunaga, who helmed the excellent True Detective, has signed up to direct the first movie and, according to Lin, is currently closing a deal to helm the second chapter.
Meanwhile, Stephen King himself has apparently given the project his blessings. After receiving a copy of the script, the novelist sent Fukunaga a response saying “Go with God please. This is the version the studio should make.”
It was originally made as a miniseries, which aired on the ABC network in 1990, starring Tim Curry in a very memoriable performance as Pennywise. Jonathan Brandis, Emily Perkins, Ben Heller and Seth Green were among the young actors, while adults included Harry Anderson, Henry Thomas, Annette O Toole, Dennis Christopher, Tim Reid and John Ritter. Tommy Lee Wallace directed the miniseries.