Stephen King is one of the few authors who can still create original and chilling horror and movie adaptations of his books have been quite effective at times. The Shining, It, The Shawkshank Redemption- in a variety of genres, King's ambitious books have made for good movies. Director Cary Fukunaga, the director of HBO's hit show True Detective, was set to direct a massive two-part adaptation of King's It, which tells the multi-generational story of a group of children haunted by the evil clown Pennywise. King approved of Fukunaga's vision and New Line Cinema was ready to go into production this summer. Unfortunately, it looks like we won't be seeing Fukunaga's film any time soon- or possibly ever.
The Wrap reported this weekend that Fukunaga has officially departed the horror project after a series of clashes with New Line. Fukunaga seemingly fought with the studio over everything- budget, stars, shooting locations, etc. The first film in the two-part series was greenlit at $30 million, which was less than what Fukunaga desired. He also wanted to shoot in New York, one of the more expensive possible shooting locations. And finally, Fukunaga had cast We're the Millers and Maze Runner star Will Poulter as Pennywise, the demonic clown who stars in the film. The studio reportedly wanted Ben Mendelsohn, but the actor wouldn't take the necessary pay cut. All of this has prompted Fukunaga to leave the film and it isn't clear as to whether New Line will hire a new director any time soon. I have to say, I'm pretty disappointed by all of this. What sounded like an interesting and ambitious adaptation is not going to happen due to more studio cuts, which is just kinda sad. Hopefully New Line can find another director to bring their unique vision to It sometime soon.
Source: The Wrap