First published in 1986, Stephen King’s It was an instant bestseller, but at a weighty 1138 pages It was deemed too complex to condense into a single movie.
Unable to crack the code of making a 90 minute film IT was developed into a TV mini-series in 1990 by Warner Bros and broadcast in two feature length parts. Tim Curry portrayed Pennywise the beyond creepy clown; one of the many forms the demon assumes to torment his pray. The character was only used fleetingly in the book but this nightmarish character was given a larger role in the TV version. Tim Curry’s sinister performance gave a generation of teenagers nightmares for years, myself included.
Warner Bros have been working on the remake since 2009 and It seems that packing all that story into a single movie has proved to be an ongoing problem. The new version of IT will now be split into two films, Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) will direct and co-write both parts of the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s creation which finds a group of school children encountering a demonic force in their hometown.
Cary Fukunage recently finished directing all eight episodes of HBO’s highly anticipated series True Detective. Starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as two cops tracking down a serial killer over the course of 17 years, the limited run series begins on January 12 and features a score by T-Bone Burnett.