The saga of the film adaptation of one of Stephen King’s most iconic works, “It,” has been a quite turbulent one over the past year or two. Much acclaimed “Jane Eyre” and “True Detective: Season One” helmer Cary Joji Fukunaga was attached to both pen and direct a two-film adaptation of the lengthy novel before ultimately dropping out over creative differences.
Despite his departure, the production is continuing forward with “Mama” helmer Andres Muschietti now directing a project that’s still planning to be a two film adaptation. Speaking with Collider at DICE 2016, producer Roy Lee confirmed the film’s R-rating and that production is on schedule:
“It will hopefully be shooting later this year. We just got the California tax credit… Gary Doberman wrote the most recent draft working with Andy Muscetti, so it’s being envisioned as two movies… We are very close to turning in the final draft of the script. It’s mainly working on it for budgeting purposes to make it fit within the budget that we have.”
Fukunaga and Chase Palmer penned the original version of the script, and concern has been raised that the re-write will tone down some of the seriously darker aspects of the work that make it so famous. Lee confirms the film will still adopt Fukunaga’s plan of setting the first film primarily in the past, and the second in the modern day with the same kids as adults:
“It is very close to the source material in one way but very different if you look at it as a literary piece of work… We’re taking it and making the movie from the point of view of the kids, and then making another movie from the point of view of the adults, that could potentially then be cut together like the novel. But it’s gonna be a really fun way of making this movie.”
Both the book and previous mini-series adaptation blended the timelines together.