After years of development, it looks like the film adaptation of Stephen King’s iconic work “IT” is ready to move forward at New Line Cinema. “Jane Eyre” and “True Detective” first season director Cary Fukunaga is helming the two-part film adaptation of the 1,138 page novel which Dan Lin is slated to produce.
Lin gave an update on the project this week to Vulture, saying that the extra time has helped get them ready for it:
“The idea is to start official prep in March for a summer shoot. Cary likes to develop things for a while, and we’ve been with this for about three or four years, so we’re super excited that he stayed with it. You guys are gonna be really excited.”
The original book follows a group of teen nerds and outcasts (nicknamed ‘The Losers Club’) in Maine 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 periods to more contemporary times. Lin says that King has read the script by Fukunaga and Chase Palmer and is very happy with it:
“The most important thing is that Stephen King gave us his blessing. We didn’t want to make this unless he felt it was the right way to go, and when we sent him the script, the response that Cary got back was, ‘Go with God, please! This is the version the studio should make.’ So that was really gratifying.”
Of course the big question is who will be able to fill the floppy shoes made so iconic by Tim Curry in the previous 1990 mini-series adaptation.