Cary Fukunaga to Adapt Stephen King’s IT in Two Films

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An adaptation of Stephen King’s It is moving from the television to the big screen, courtesy of director Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre).  Fukunaga, who also wrote and directed the 2009 drama, Sin Nombre, will co-write the script with Chase Palmer. Known for the density of his books, King’s It weighs in at a robust 1,104 pages.  Having said that, Fukunaga and Palmer plan to tackle the tale in two films (Palmer previously adapted Frank Herbert’s Dune for Paramount, at a much more manageable 544 pages).  The plot of It centers on a group of loser kids who band together to defeat a mysterious creature who preys on children.  Thinking themselves safe as adults, It comes back to test their mettle once again.  Hit the jump for more on It.

Heat Vision reportedstephen-king-it-tim-curry on Fukunaga’s attachment to It. A previous adaptation was featured on the small screen in 1990.  The three-hour movie starred John Ritter, Jonathan Brandis, Seth Green, Harry Anderson, Annette O’Toole, Richard Thomas and, of course, Tim Curry in the title role.  Even the made-for-TV movie scared the crap out of me as a kid.  The creepiest thing about it was that It would appear to each character in the form that most frightened them, something different for each one, but was most often seen as Pennywise the Clown.  It will be interesting to see how Fukunaga handles the visuals that are so deeply ingrained in my own memory from the TV version.  What will be more interesting to see is how he splits the film up: will he give the kids one full movie while devoting the second to the adults or will he blend the two? Only time will tell.

Here’s the book description for Stephen King’s It (via Amazon):

They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror within their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name…

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  • drewerd

    tim curry as pennywise is one of the scariest things in this world i couldn’t close my eyes for days after seeing IT without freaking out

  • oaktreeradar

    It’s really hard to read this article and not have the bejeezus scared out of you by those pennywise pictures lurking right beside the text. Reading this article right before bed was not such a great idea.

  • Nick

    I saw the TV movie IT when I was 9 or 10 years old. I was terrified of bathrooms after than!

  • t

    Anything that headed into the water system was to be avoided as a child.

    that opening scene with the clown in the sewer will forever be embedded in my mind.

    watch it again, and the movie is horrible, but that clown was even more horrifying.

  • Adrian

    This movie has so much potential. One of my favorite Stephen King books. Hopefully they can include a lot more, including the mind-bending end.

    Does anyone else think modern audiences aren’t ready for the scene where the twelve-year-old’s have an orgy?

    • Chachi

      Was thinking about that. It seemed a stretch even in the book. Can’t picture a set up in a film where most people would be ok with it. And who are the actors that they would get who could even film it? Probably find an alternate route for that part.

  • Dean

    Adrian, I can tell you I will never be ready and if the time ever comes that I am ready then I want to be killed.

  • ZeeDoktor

    I thought the Tim Curry version wasn’t very scary at all compared to the novel. Now that scared the willies out of me. I really hope this version lives up to the book.

  • anu

    YAY! Finally. This one really needs to remade.

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  • ScaredForMovies

    I heard originally that the new version of “It” was going to be from the viewpoint of Beverly. Aside from being only one movie, I thought that was a huge mistake. Hopefully they’ve thrown out that idea entirely because it was so stupid. I always pictured this as the Goonies if it was a horror movie. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for this one. And P.S. throw out the orgy scene, it wasn’t really necessary anyway and doesn’t effect the stories plot much in any way.

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  • Crs

    The scene wasn’t important to the story! Are you people stupid? It sealed the circle, made them impenetrable to “it” thus won the day. It was about LOVE not sex. Innocence of love. It wasn’t meant as shocking as much as seeing kids poking dead bodies in Stand by Me wasn’t disrespectful. They would not have won. You clearly don’t know that it is everything in Castle Rock. From Cujo to Needful Things. All this bad stuff happens because if “it’s” presence. Simple enough to change the scene to a kiss but suggest more.

    • Ted

      It was completely unnecessary…the sex scene was AFTER they “defeated” it (actually just forcing it into early hibernation) and was to bring them together emotionally and mentally because they couldn’t find their way out of the sewers afterward…
      Also, IT was in Derry (the setting for Insomnia), not Castle Rock (the setting for the other books you mentioned)..
      It tied into the large Dark Tower series as being a reminent of “the old ones,” old demons left over from the “prim” (the universe’s beginings) that fed on the bad energy..the same with the turtle that one of the Losers sees at one point (it’s a good “old one”)…
      But in conclusion- the sex scene was unnecessary and weird and could absolutely be left out of any adaptation.

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  • rebecca naniseni

    you look sceary

  • Arazeli

    wow it is funny

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