Film adaptions of King novel’s have been hit or miss since the publication of Carrie in 1974, with a vast majority of such films falling into the later category. One of which, 1990’s made-for-TV, movie of the week: “IT” has become a cult classic in its own right. Staring the likes of John Ritter and a young Seth Green, it is most memorable for the equally flamboyant-to-malevolent Tim Curry who donned the greasepaint as everyone’s favorite shape shifter, Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
News of a possible remake began to emerge nearly a decade ago as the Hollywood Machine reached its zenith with a nonstop slew of remakes, but as expected nothing hit the proper green light. That was until 2009, when Warner Bros made the official announcement that the killer clown would return. In 2010, horror heavyweight Guillermo del Toro, considered the film (alongside Pet Sematery) as dream projects. At the time, Guillermo was busy trying to get his own adaptation off the ground, this one being HP Lovecraft’s ‘At the Mountains of Madness.’
Fast forward a few more years, Hollywood Reporter broke the news in 2012 that the film would be a 2-part feature. With Part One focusing on the ragtag group of heroes as children with the second feature continuing the story as adults. View Post
This version was to be based on a screenplay by David Kajganich and Chase Palmer—relocating the original plot from the 1950’s to the 1980s and was to be directed by Emmy award winning director, Cary Fukunaga (HBO’s True Detective).
Will Poulter (We’re the Millers) was cast as Pennywise the Clown, with a projected 2016 release.
Today news over the weekend that Fukunaga has bowed out from production following disagreements with the studio. Fukunaga wished to roll cameras this June in NYC—notorious for high production rates. The studio itself likely opted for the safer, tax friendly Canada. The most damning of all was the rumor that New Line (who came on board only a few weeks prior) was not willing to stomach the budget and wanted Cary to condense much of the story down into a single film. A task in and of itself, the 1990 adaptation was carried over two nights and the book along pushing the bar at over a thousand pages.
New Line (recently acquired the film rights) is most likely playing it safe, following the low box office revenue with the release of Poltergeist—another iconic remake whose PR was focused heavily upon the possessed clown doll.
Production is suspended for the unforeseen future.