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Stephen King’s ‘It’ Getting Two-Film Adaptation

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edited June 2012 in Lights, Camera, Action!
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 Kaganich’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).

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 🤬 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 It, The 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.

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.


  • Recaptimus_Prime360
    Recaptimus_Prime360 Earned my Masters and Ph.d in Phat Booty-ology Members Posts: 64,802 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @. These fools are about send a lot of people into therapy. Lol! It's b/c of that movie, folks fear of clowns was either developed, or heightened.

    I hope they can pull this off. As if the tv version wasn't scary enough, these fools said the book contains more gruesome and adult content? Can't wait to see how this turns out.
  • manofmorehouse
    manofmorehouse Members Posts: 2,716 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yo, as a kid, that was the only scary movie that 🤬 me up!
  • CottonCitySlim
    CottonCitySlim Members Posts: 7,063 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I was gonna post this yesterday.

    This movie had me scared of drains for a while as a kid.

    Hopefully the modern day spin wont make it corny
  • 313 wayz
    313 wayz Members Posts: 2,179 ✭✭✭✭✭
    That movie scared the hell out of me when I was a kid. I think that has to be one of the most scariest movies I've seen and it was a made for television movie.
  • eyes low
    eyes low Members Posts: 3,614 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I just hope they don't try to make it corny.
  • 313 wayz
    313 wayz Members Posts: 2,179 ✭✭✭✭✭
    MobTown wrote: »
    This movie had me scared of drains for a while as a kid.


  • bdbdbd
    bdbdbd Members Posts: 3,168 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yo, as a kid, that was the only scary movie that 🤬 me up!
    yeh man, i still remember that 🤬 to this day....and after reading that it has nothing on the book, i think i may have to purchase that book. i will definately catch the remake of this.
  • sdca
    sdca Members Posts: 290 ✭✭
    The mini series thing would be nice on HBO this time.
    The book is cool, I wonder if 2 movies (4/5 hours) would cover all the content.

    However, I would love to watch on the big screen! Either way, I'm excited :)
    Pennywise is iconic. Can we just get Tim Curry again!?
  • earth two superman
    earth two superman ladies please dont fight. E2S is here all night! Members Posts: 17,149 ✭✭✭✭✭
    shows what I know. I never knew the original was a made for tv. if thats the case, by all means, remake it.
  • YamoleySensei
    YamoleySensei Members Posts: 8,509 ✭✭✭✭✭
    smh @ you 🤬 being scared of "It"...
    that movie has more comedy than horror...
    only thing that scared the 🤬 outta me when I was a kid was ET and that 🤬 plant from Little Shop of Horrors
  • Bcotton5
    Bcotton5 Members Posts: 51,851 ✭✭✭✭✭
    lol I used to be scared of it when I was a kid too, I remember the 1st time I watched the whole movie and saw that it was a Clay giant spider at the end I started laughing at it
  • VIBE
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    Yamoley wrote: »
    smh @ you 🤬 being scared of "It"...
    that movie has more comedy than horror...
    only thing that scared the 🤬 outta me when I was a kid was ET and that 🤬 plant from Little Shop of Horrors

    Watching ET now, one of the goat movies.
  • Sion
    Sion Moderator, Legion of Trill, AHH Content Producer, AHH Editor Members, Moderators, Writer, Content Producer Posts: 45,666 Regulator
    You know.... if they remake that movie today, they gonna throw all the 🤬 🤬 that was in the book in the movie. Iuno I think they should leave It alone.... I'd rather see a Pet Sematary remake.
  • themadlionsfan
    themadlionsfan Members Posts: 9,134 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I read summaries of the book in Wikipedia.....man that 🤬 was weird
  • CottonCitySlim
    CottonCitySlim Members Posts: 7,063 ✭✭✭✭✭
    AAfter reading that summary, 🤬 would work great modern day remake they are doing...some 🤬 stuff not to much to make it scust for the faggles, old girl letting the crew run a train on her; and killing more 🤬 by it
  • HarlemThumzUp
    HarlemThumzUp Members Posts: 4,942 ✭✭✭✭✭
    🤬 had me spooked as a shorty. Fucc clowns cuh
  • Iheart~Cali
    Iheart~Cali Members Posts: 5,991 ✭✭✭✭✭
    If the made for TV version is scary as sh*t, I can only imagine a theatrical release.
    I'm more excited about Ben Affleck doing The Stand. After Gone Baby Gone and The Town I have high expectations from him.
  • lighthearted26
    lighthearted26 Members Posts: 1,362 ✭✭✭✭✭
    This should be good. The tv version scared me as a kid but after watching it as an adult I was less than impressed. One thing I noticed is there are scenes where the characters see things that no one else sees, but the way its shot makes it look like they should be able to see it. If you watched it recently you might know what I'm talking about. If they don't get Curry to do pennywise the movie might suffer. Im sure his age won't show with all that clown makeup on.