Cary Fukunaga to Adapt Stephen King ‘IT’ Into Two Films

Stephen King - Credit Amy Guip, 2006The Hollywood Reporter – (June 7, 2012) American director Cary Fukunaga is set to remake the Stephen King novel, It, into two films. The pair of films are going to be Warner Bros. Studios productions, produced by KatzSmith Production with two representatives in the form of Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg.

Fukunaga will co-write the scripts with Chase Palmer (Neo-Noir, Dune) and Roy LeeDan Lin will be the main producers behind the projects, while Jon Silk will co-produce. The current theory as to why there are two films is so everything is fitted more into the plot of each film in order to cover a good portion of the novel, unlike the original made for TV film that debuted in 1990, which left out several plot elements due to time constraints.

The novel It was published in 1986 and is the story of a group of children being terrorized by an inter-dimensional demon using its powers to shapeshift into the fears of its victims. It’s most common form is the creepy clown Pennywise (Tim Curry). The most notable adaptation of the book was the 1990 ABC mini-series that starred Harry Anderson, Tim Reid, Annette O’Toole, Richard Thomas, and the late John Ritter. 

The second film will feature the story where It returns three decades later, and the same group of children must reunite to do battle with the entity once more, as in the 90s mini-series.

Fukunaga’s start in the movie industry began in 2004, where he directed and wrote the short Victoria para Chino. It was screened at the Sundance Film Festival and won a Student Academy Award in 2005. He went on to create his first feature film, Sin Nombre, in 2009, which received numerous awards, including Best Director, at the Sundance Film Festival. Fukunaga then directed an adaptation of Jane Eyre in 2010, starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.

This just be awesome news for Stephen King fans. But I have to wonder if the idea of making two films just might be a little tricky–unless Fukunaga intend to include the truly gory bits of the tale; like animal cruelty, among other suggestive references from the book. What do you think?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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