Cary Fukunaga has made a name for himself with art house and period dramas like “Sin Nombre” and “Jane Eyre” along with his stunning job helming the entire first season of HBO’s “True Detective”.
With his Idris Elba-led child soldier drama “Beasts Of No Nation” wrapped and awaiting release this year, the filmmaker is turning his attention back to his long in the works two-film adaptation of Stephen King’s “It” which has a script in place and is in pre-production, but has yet to schedule filming dates.
In a new interview with Brazilian newspaper O Globo (via Bloody Disgusting), Fukunaga reveals that King is an enthusiastic advocate of the latest screenplay, but the big challenge right now is to find an actor to play Pennywise the Clown. Tim Curry memorably played the role in the 1990s mini-series adaptation.
In the book, Pennywise is the guise of an evil entity in a small Maine town who wakes every thirty years and feeds on several children. A group of kids are terrorised by the figure but face it down. Several decades later and now adults, they find themselves returning to Maine where Pennywise has surfaced once again. Fukunaga says:
“It’s really good to know Stephen likes what we did. I’ve been on this project for about five years. I had already read versions of the script but nothing felt right. Everybody tried to put too much into it, telling it from the perspective of the adult and the child in a two hour movie. It didn’t fit. So I decided to throw it all away and start from scratch. [Fukunaga and writers David Kajganich and Chase Palmer] changed names, dates, dynamics, but the spirit is similar to what he’d like to see in cinemas, I think.”
Fukunaga also indicates that the time periods of the dual narrative of the book have been updated. Whilst in the book it was the 1950s and 1980s, the film will apparently update that to the mid-1980s and the present.