The planned two-part big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel ‘IT’ may be dead, just weeks before shooting was to have started, as director Cary Fukunaga has walked away from the project.
King himself broke the news with the short but concise tweet:
Fukunaga has been attached to the project for years now and the director co-wrote the scripts for both movies with partner Chase Palmer. Fans have been wary to say the least of the few tidbits that have been announced regarding the project, most notably the fact that the massive novel was being split in two, with the first movie focusing on the seven main characters as children, set in the past and the second movie on the same characters as adults, set in the present. The original novel and its 1990 TV movie adaptation jumped back and forth between the 50s and 80s throughout the story. In another controversial movie, Fukunaga planned to update the time periods to the 80s and today.
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