At 1,104 pages, It is one of Stephen King’s longest and densest works. The story centers around a group of kids who stumble across an evil creature called It, which likes to take the form of a murderous clown called Pennywise. Years later, those same kids are drawn together as adults to face It again. It was previously adapted into a TV miniseries in 1990 which starred John Ritter, Harry Anderson, Tim Reid, Annette O’Toole, Richard Thomas, and Tim Curry as the clown of your nightmares.
Dave Kajganich was hired in 2009 to write the screenplay, but there hasn’t been much news from Warners about the project until now. Cary Fukunaga has just been hired to direct the remake, which Warner Brothers plans to split across two films. With just two completed features under his belt, Fukunaga has already gained a reputation as a talented filmmaker able to deliver both style and substance. Both his debut Sin Nombre and his follow-up Jane Eyre were rapturously received by critics.
King’s tales have been making it to film and television since the ’70s (Brian De Palma’s Carrie was the first), but his popularity hasn’t waned one bit. If anything, he seems Stephen King is hotter now than ever. Just this week, an adaptation of King’s short story The Ten O’Clock People was announced, to be directed by Thinner and The Langoliers helmer Tom Holland. Joining a long, long list of King-inspired projects currently in the works that also includes Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie remake, Mark Pavia’s King horror anthology, Ben Affleck’s version of The Stand, Warner Bros. and HBO’s The Dark Tower, Syfy’s The Eyes of the Dragon, and Showtime’s Under the Dome – just to name a few.