Stephen King’s ‘It’ Getting Two-Film Adaptation by ‘Jane Eyre’ Director

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 11th, 2014 at 5:52 am,

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Warner Bros. has been planning a film adaptation of Stephen King’s 1,138 page novel It for the past three years. The last substantial report on the project was nearly two years ago, with an update from screenwriter David Kajganich (The Invasion, Blood Creek) about the challenge of fitting King’s massive literature into a 2-3 hour movie.

Now, we have word that the project is still lurching forward; however, It (no pun) has taken on a radically new form. King’s source material will now be covered over the course of two films, as co-written and directed by Cary Fukunaga. It’s probably safe to assume that Kajganich’s script draft has been abandoned, at this point.

Fukunaga began his career as a cinematographer, before breaking out as a writer and director with the immigration drama Sin Nombre at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The critical success of last year’s Jane Eyre (which Fukunaga also helmed) has propelled the filmmaker to greater things, including a job working on the HBO TV series True Detectives – and now, the task of bringing It to the big screen.

Heat Vision says that Chase Palmer will co-write the It script with Fukunaga; the two are also collaborating on the upcoming No Blood, No Guts, No Glory. Onboard to produce the two-movie venture are such big names as seasoned horror producer Roy Lee (The Ring, Grudge), Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes), and KatzSmith Production heads Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and David Katzenberg (The Hard Times of RJ Berger).

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Cary Fukunaga will direct two movies based on King’s ‘It’

King’s It novel tells the tale of the “Losers Club,” a pack of outcast teens living in Derry, Maine (circa 1957). The “Losers” discover that a vicious, shape-shifting monster – who often takes on the form of a demented clown called Pennywise – is preying on the town’s children. Eventually, the “Losers” seemingly kill the creature – though they swear a pact to reunite, should Pennywise ever come back. Sure enough, some 27 years later, a string of murders in Derry points to the monster’s return. But will painful memories of the past prevent the former friends from joining forces again, in order to destroy Pennywise once and for all?

It was previously adapted into a 3-hour, single-camera, TV mini-series back in 1990. As was pointed out by Kajganich (back when he was working on the project) that the TV version really could not do justice to the more gruesome and adult content of King’s literature. Moreover, Fukunaga will also have the advantage of an extra 1-2 hours of running time to cover the full story material – which is still a pretty daunting task, as the book is split between two parallel-running, intertwining narrative threads (one set in 1957-58, the other 1984-85).

As it were, Warner Bros. already has another movie adaptation of a King novel in the works, which was also previously brought to life in TV mini-series form: The Stand. Similar to ItThe Stand is being overseen by a credible filmmaker (namely, Ben Affleck) and is expected to spread out its respective 1,000 pages of source material over the course of at least two, maybe even three, movies. While the studio definitely loves the built-in “franchise” potential of these King projects, both It and The Stand should benefit (artistically) from not being constricted to a single-movie format.

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Mia Wasikowska in ‘Jane Eyre’

In this writer’s opinion, Fukunaga possesses an eye for impeccable, haunting cinematography (no surprise, given his background) and is a good match to handle King’s book – which is rife with dark melodrama and much of the religious/social commentary that are nowadays known as the author’s bread and butter, when it comes to his horror literature.

As to whether or not most people want to see a two-movie adaptation of It – feel free to debate that as you will, in the comments section.

We will keep you updated on the status of Fukunaga’s It adaptation as the story develops.


Source: THR

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  1. How about a movie of a great Stephen king book that has never been adapted before rehashing the old ones? One of my favorite books I had always hoped for a movie version of was “Insomnia”

    • I would love to see the Talisman directed by Fukunaga!

      • Talisman!!! Oh man, YES!!!!

    • I want to see The Running Man.

    • I agree! I’d definitely watch that.

  2. Oh man. I can’t wait. I’d love to see a modern rendition of Pennywise in a mutli-cam/CGI film.

  3. This director’s name is Fukunaga!? Is this a troll? Say his name in 3 symbols “fuk, u, naga.” Really!?

    • He is the best directo ive seen in a long time. Have sum respect

  4. I feel that it would be good to make newer versions of the old horror films, they have already done that with ‘Chucky’ and ‘Nightmare at Elm Street’ which was quite good, I would love Stephen King to bring out a new ‘IT’ movie to the big screens especially with today’s great technology!!

  5. As a huge king fan , i hope they stay true to the novel . PS: there can be only one Pennywise The Dancing Clown , they need Tim Curry .

  6. I don’t really think 4-6 hours is enough time to do 1000+ page books properly. I’d love to see IT and The Stand picked up by HBO and done over the course of a season. But hey, I’d still go to see a new film adaptation in the movies. Still, I hate the recent trend of splitting a single book up into multiple movies, each released a year apart. It sucks having to wait a year or more to finish the story.

  7. I am a huuuuge fan of horror films and literature, especially Stephen King. I loved the original “It” and the original “Stand”, and I am extremely excited to see what they can accomplish with todays tech. Although, I am doubting that they will stick to the storyline due to the fact that most newer made movies based on old films or books have had the tendency to drift away from the original in hopes of shocking people with things they were not expecting. But if by some chance, they do stay with the actual story, im sure we will be blown away. As for the making of movies based on books that never made it on screen,I would love to see the “Dark Tower” series made into a season. Also, a newer made “Cujo” would be pretty spectacular in my opinion.