The last time you saw Pennywise the clown, he was probably terrorizing you in one of those fever dreams that seem to come on inexplicably some nights. Now, though, Stephen King’s most terrifying creation is getting a big screen update courtesy of True Detective director Cary Fukunaga.
Fukunaga will write and direct the upcoming It adaptation following the wrap of his current project, Beasts of No Nation. In development since around 2012, It has long had Fukunaga attached, but eventually the project hit a full stop. However, Sherlock Holmes producer Dan Lin let slip at a recent Collider promotion that It is still going to happen:
“… Cary Fukunaga is writing and directing Stephen King’s It for me, and I’m really excited for that. So I’m hoping that’ll be his next movie after the indie he’s shooting in Africa. So I love what he did with True Detective. I think it’s a great sample for Stephen King’s It. So I’m really excited about that.”
Interesting, of course, that we hear about the lastest King adaption shortly after news of several other adaptations—including The Stand, Cell, and Pet Sematary—broke. With a coming lineup based on King’s imagination like that, It almost appeared to have permanently fallen by the wayside.
However, this news makes it look like Tim Curry won’t always be the actor behind the world’s scariest clown-monster. And, yes, in some ways, that’s painful to hear, considering how influential (read: horrifying) the first adaptation and later short TV series were. However, with True Detective’s format modeling that of It—that is, jumping between two distinct time periods—using Fukunaga is almost a surefire bet to get all that Stephen King-y goodness into a two-hour package.
Doubly so if this version of It will be spread across two films, as has been reported. Although, I have to ask, do we really need to traumatize ourselves again across two films?