The future of a big-screen adaptation or Stephen King’s 1986 tome It seemed in doubt when True Detective visionary Cary Fukunaga left the project. Now it looks like the project is back on track, which means a whole new generation of kids can prepare to have the crap scared out of them by a clown.
Mama director Andy Muschietti is on board to helm the new It, which had its script — originally co-written by Fukunaga — re-written. The film is still scheduled to be split into two separate movies and according to Collider, shooting will start later this year.
The book and the 1990 ABC mini-series that starred John Ritter and Tim Curry, among many others, shifted time periods between when the characters were children in 1960 and the present day. The two movies will split that narrative, with one focusing on the characters’ youth and the other picking up with them as adults. According to Collider, producer Roy Lee is still hoping to make a splash with a proper remake:
“It is very close to the source material in one way but very different if you look at it as a literary piece of work…
“We’re taking it and making the movie from the point of view of the kids, and then making another movie from the point of view of the adults, that could potentially then be cut together like the novel. But it’s gonna be a really fun way of making this movie.”