It terrible news, acclaimed “True Detective” and “Jane Eyre” helmer Cary Fukunaga has dropped out of his proposed two-film adaptation of Stephen King’s horror tale “It” after being attached to the project for three years.
Fukunaga was adamant that this adaptation of King’s 1986 novel, which clocks in at a whopping 1,138 pages, had to be told across two films. The story follows a group of outcast kids who come together over summer break to take on a monster killing people in their town.
Studio New Line was said to be considering making only one movie due to financial concerns. As they could not agree on a budget, he and the studio clashed which ultimately led to him departing the project this holiday weekend.
Filming was slated to begin this Summer but that has now stalled. What this means for Fukunaga and Chase Palmer’s script is unknown, or the already cast actors in the project including Will Poulter who has been in talks to play the evil clown Pennywise.
Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, Dan Lin and Roy Lee remain onboard as producers.
Source: The Wrap