Stephen King’s It is having a bit of trouble getting off the ground and onto the big screen. Andy Muschietti (Mama) recently replaced Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) as director on the It remake after Fukunaga dropped out due to creative differences.
Well, Variety caught up with Muschietti and asked him for an update on the film. According to the director, shooting is now set for next summer. Apparently, Will Poulter (The Maze Runner) is still in the running for the role of Pennywise. “Will Poulter would be a great option. For me he is at the top of my list,” Muschietti said.
“King described 50s’ terror iconography,” he added. “And I feel there’s a whole world now to rediscover, to update. There won’t be mummies, werewolves. Terrors are going to be a lot more surprising.”
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Original Story 07.16.15:
Of all the images illustrated in one’s mind by Stephen King’s simple prose, few are as iconic or horrifying as Pennywise, aka “It.” The titular fiend of Stephen King’s It, Pennywise can take many forms, not lost of which is the shape of a homicidal and villainous clown who was memorably played by Tim Curry in a television miniseries. But despite Curry’s own contribution to It’s legend, inevitably a big screen version had to be in the offing.
And it is almost certainly not far off now since it was revealed Thursday that New Line Cinema has tapped Andy Muschietti to be the new director of their It adaptation.
The news was broken by THR and it makes perfect sense, as Muschietti had great success in 2013 with his feature film debut, Mama. That picture, which was an adaptation of Muschietti’s own short film by the same name, featured a variety of aspects reminiscent of Stephen King, not least of which is that of supernaturally touched children proving, if obliviously, to be hell for the adults around them. Mama starred Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and it grossed $71 million domestically on the premise of the stepchildren being the wicked ones this time around. So, Muschietti inevitably has an appeal to the New Line producers of Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith, and David Katzenberg, who have been anxious to acquire a new filmmaker for the project.
Until several months ago, Cary Fukunaga had been attached to direct the It film for years, even finally providing the project with major traction after he had incredible success as the sole director of True Detective season one. Yet, he abruptly left the Stephen King project, which had become a two-film adaptation, over creative differences with the producers this past Memorial Day weekend.
Muschietti is also expected to bring his sister and writing partner, Barbara Muschietti, aboard as a producer on the film.