New Line Cinema’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It has been stuck in development hell for a while now.
All seemed to be going well with True Detective director Cary Fukunaga, who had planned an ambitious two-part adaptation of King’s classic novel, but reported clashing between the director and the studio put an end to that.
Nevertheless, New Line is determined to get this project off the ground. THR is reporting that the studio is currently in negotiations with Andy Muschietti, who directed the 2013 horror film Mama (based on Muschietti’s own short film), to take the helm of the picture.
It, which follows the story of a group of people who – from a young age – are tormented by an evil entity in the form of a clown named Pennywise, is reportedly still to be adapted into two films. Once Muschietti’s contract is locked in, a new writer will be hired to pen a new screenplay.
There’s no word as to whether or not Will Poulter (We’re the Millers, The Maze Runner) is still circling the role of Pennywise. Fukunaga had cast him in the role, but reports around the split suggested the studio may not have been too happy with that decision. We’ll see.