Cary Fukunaga, who blew everyone away with his directing work on all eight episodes of the first season of HBO’s True Detective, will begin pre-production on the first of a two-film adaptation of Stephen King’s It.
Fukunaga was actually attached to direct the film over two years ago, but has taken his time with the project’s development.
In an interview with Vulture, producer Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes, The Lego Movie) revealed that there isn’t long before pre-production kicks off.
“The idea is to start official prep in March for a summer shoot,” Lin said. “Cary likes to develop things for a while, and we’ve been with this for about three or four years, so we’re super excited that he stayed with it. You guys are gonna be really excited.”
Stephen King’s novel, which tells of a group of people drawn back to their hometown when the horror that haunted them as children returns, was previously adapted as a television mini-series back in 1990. Tim Curry played the freaky antagonist.
Fukunaga has penned the screenplay alongside newcomer Chase Palmer, and Stephen King loves it.
“The most important thing is that Stephen King gave us his blessing,” Lin revealed. “We didn’t want to make this unless he felt it was the right way to go, and when we sent him the script, the response that Cary got back was, ‘Go with God, please! This is the version the studio should make.’ So that was really gratifying.”