“Jane Eyre” and “Sin Nombre” director Cary Fukunaga has come onboard the proposed film adaptation of the classic Stephen King 1986 novel “It” reports Heat Vision.
In a clever move considering the book’s density and size, Fukunaga and co-writer Chase Palmer have abandoned the single film idea and will instead envision the adaptation as a two film piece.
The story of a group of teen nerds and outcasts (nicknamed ‘The Losers Club’) in 1958 who encounter ‘It’, a shapeshifting creature which feeds on children and whose favorite form is that of a sadistic clown called Pennywise.
In 1985 the creature resurfaces. The kids, who’re now adults, must take on the demon of their childhood again – this time in a different form. The new film will update the period to contemporary times.
ABC made a rather edgy for its time mini-series in 1990 based on the property starring the likes of John Ritter, Jonathan Brandis, Seth Green, Harry Anderson, Annette O’Toole and Tim Curry in a memorably creepy turn as Pennywise.
Said mini made some major deviations from some of the darker or riskier elements of the novel, such as the female member of the group having sex with all the male members of the group to ‘strengthen their bond’ to the gay bashing that awakens the creature in the present.
The first half which involved the child characters was far better received than the second half which dealt with the adult incarnations of the characters.
Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are producing the feature.