There has been a lot of talk on Stephen King‘s epic tale ‘The Stand‘ getting a cinematic treatment but not a lot of details have been released about the upcoming take on ‘IT‘ that is also heading to the big screen. Well, producer Dan Lin (‘The Lego Movie’,’Terminator Salvation’) has opened up a little on the film and how this master of horror decided he was sold on a cinematic version finally happening. Sure we’ve been given a take on the clown by Tim Curry in the iconic role of Pennywise that ruined clowns for so many of us in a mini-series but never has it graced the big screen.
Now though, all of that is going to change.
In a recent interview Lin opened up on King’s take on the project:
“The most important thing is that Stephen King gave us his blessing. We didn’t want to make this unless he felt it was the right way to go, and when we sent him the script, the response that [director Cary Fukunaga] got back was, ‘Go with God, please! This is the version the studio should make.’ So that was really gratifying.”
With Fukunaga (‘True Detective’) directing we’ve also found out that they are currently planning to start on the film this coming summer! “The idea is to start official prep in March for a summer shoot,” said Lin. “Cary likes to develop things for a while, and we’ve been with this for about three or four years, so we’re super excited that he stayed with it. You guys are gonna be really excited.”
The plan is also for the film to not be a stand alone! According to Lin, “The book is so epic that we couldn’t tell it all in one movie and service the characters with enough depth.” So we’ll be seeing the first film being a coming-of-age tale on how the children were tormented by Pennywise while in thee second film we’ll see them together as adults. While Fukunaga is so far only attached to the first film, the filmmakers are currently working on a contract to have him on board for both.
So it sounds like we’ve got a potential great line up. What are your thoughts on a new take on Stephen King’s ‘IT’?