'True Detective' director Cary Fukunaga will reportedly direct adaptation of Stephen King's 'It'(Read article summary)
'True Detective' helmer Cary Fukunaga will reportedly write and direct an adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel, according to producer Dan Lin, who said he's producing the movie. Fukunaga's series 'True Detective' recently finished its first season.
Stephen King properties continue to prosper on the small screen (see: Haven, Under the Dome), even as multiple film adaptations â€“ based on the iconic pop horror/suspense novelistâ€™s work â€“ have started to make their way down the pipeline. Indeed, in the past few months, weâ€™ve seen (among other developments) the Pet Sematary remake enlist a new director, Warner Bros. actively scouting for a filmmaker to helm The Stand, and theÂ Cell movie adaptation finishing up its casting in order to begin production this year.
One King project that we havenâ€™t reported on since 2012 is IT, a big-screen treatment of Kingâ€™s hefty best-selling novel, published in 1986 and made into a famous TV mini-series four years later (starring Tim Curry as the clown monster, Pennywise, who haunted many a child of the â€™90sâ€™ dreams). Last time we tuned in, acclaimed cinematographer-turned writer/directorÂ Cary FukunagaÂ had just been recruited to get the ball rolling again, after the project had spent the previous few years trudging along to, essentially, a complete stop (at that time).
Producer Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes) added a new hit intellectual property to his belt when The LEGO Movie opened big at the box office, and while promoting the animated feature/toy adaptation, he provided Collider (hat tip STYD) with an update on Fukunagaâ€™s prospectiveÂ ITÂ adaptation:
â€śâ€¦ Cary Fukunaga is writing and directing Stephen Kingâ€™sÂ ItÂ for me, and Iâ€™m really excited for that.Â So Iâ€™m hoping thatâ€™ll be his next movie after the indie heâ€™s shooting in Africa.Â So I love what he did withÂ True Detective.Â I think itâ€™s a great sample for Stephen Kingâ€™sÂ It.Â Â So Iâ€™m really excited about that.â€ť
TheÂ â€śindie heâ€™s shooting in Africaâ€ť in this case refers to Beasts of No Nation, Fukunagaâ€™s adaptation of Uzodinma Iwealaâ€™s novel â€“ about an African child soldier â€“ that will include award-winner Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) in a key role. According to previous reports, Fukunaga is going to be collaborating on the IT script with Chase Palmer â€“ Fukunagaâ€™s writing partner on the developing projectÂ No Blood, No Guts, No Glory â€“ with the intention of covering Kingâ€™s (more than) 1,000 pages-long source material during the course of two feature-length films.
Itâ€™s not clear yet whether a two-part movie is still the plan forÂ IT, though nowadays thatâ€™s not so much of a far-fetched idea, with young adult franchises (Harry Potter, Twilight and later this year,Â The Hunger Games) and recent genre tentpoles (see:Â The Hobbit) having popularized the practice â€“ demonstrating just how lucrative the box office reward can be. Not only is a King property like IT arguably popular enough to justify such a move from a business perspective, artistically the story lends itself to such an adaptation â€“ as the novel alternates between two time periods (the 1950s and 1980s), yet revolves around younger and older versions of the same characters.
HBOâ€™s Fukunaga-directedÂ True Detective limited series relies upon a related narrative structure, wherein extended flashbacks set during the mid-1990s are framed with scenes featuring the same lead characters in the year 2012. Moreover, the acclaimed detective drama has exposedÂ Fukunagaâ€™s technical masteryÂ of pure visual storytelling to a larger audience than that which saw his arthouse releases (see: Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre), while having also illustrated his ability to weave a yarn that is both fairly atmospheric, yet at the same time character-focused and contemplative.
In other words: an IT movie by Fukunaga sounds all the more promising now, perhaps even more so if it were to be split up into two separate movies.
Sandy Schaefer blogs at Screen Rant.