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Stephen King’s It Adaptation Gets A New Director

Back in May, we were pretty disheartened to learn True Detective season one director Cary Fukunaga had left the adaptation of Stephen King’s killer clown bestseller, It, after years of working on, um, it.

Two months later The Hollywood Reporter has broken news that Mama director Andrés Muschietti will take the reins behind the camera, with production having already begun in late June. We’re less thrilled about that bit of news (Fukunaga would’ve been a way more interesting choice), but also relieved the project is back on track. New Line is also apparently looking for a new scribe to adjust the previously approved script to better align with Muschietti’s vision. Nevertheless, like the 1990 television movie that isn’t nearly as terrifying as you remember, the big screen version is still planned to roll out as two feature-length parts: one focusing on the protagonists as children and the other as adults.

Unconfirmed is whether or not The Maze Runner’s Will Poulter will still be playing the sinister Pennywise. His controversial casting (dude’s half the age Tim Curry was when he originally donned the puffy clown suit) was largely championed by Fukunaga, so who knows what will happen now.


If you’re unfamiliar with Muschietti’s Guillermo del Toro-approved oeuvre, here’s the trailer for his one and only feature, Mama.

And here’s Muschietti’s short film it was based on.