Stephen King’s It has always been problematic from a cinematic-adaptation standpoint. Though it’s one of horror writer’s finest novels, how do you translate a 1,138 page novel about an evil extra-dimensional spider that lives beneath a small town and eats the fear of little children, while occasionally parading around a clown named Pennywise? ABC tried it once before in 1990 with a two-part, three-hour miniseries starring John Ritter, and, well…it was at least memorable for Tim Curry’s creepy performance as Pennywise. But now, 22 years later, Warner Bros. is moving forward with a dual-film adaptation of It from the director of Jane Eyre.
Cary Fukunaga will direct the It adaptation, and the story will be split into two films (which makes sense, as the lengthy book is essentially split into two halves, centering as it does around a group who fight It once as children in the 1950s, and then again as adults in the 1980s). While Fukanuga seems an odd choice at first, his debut film, Sin Nombre, dealt heavily in the world of adolescents, while Jane Eyre showed that he could adapt a beloved novel into decent film. It remains to be seen, however, if the sheer weirdness of It can make the transition to the big screen. Because, you know…the whole giant fear-eating spider from beyond space thing.
Fukunaga will also take on the scripting duties with Chase Palmer. No release date has been scheduled, nor casting information.
In the meantime, check out the official synopsis from King’s website:
A promise made twenty-eight years ago calls seven adults to reunite in Derry, Maine, where as teenagers they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Unsure that their Losers Club had vanquished the creature all those years ago, the seven had vowed to return to Derry if IT should ever reappear. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that summer return as they prepare to do battle with the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers once more.
What do you think of the It news–could a new film get it right, or should it be left alone?
Source: Coming Soon