Stephen King’s It is finally getting the big screen treatment. Not only that, but it has a director to be excited about. Cary Fukunaga has signed on to direct, and if that name isn’t ringing a bell, think True Detective, Jane Eyre and Sin Nombre. Normally as horror fans, we lose directors, not gain them.
With solid director in place, the next thing that worries me is the casting of Pennywise, the evil clown that terrorizes the children of Derry. I didn’t care too much about the mini-series It, but one cannot deny the amazing performance or Tim Curry. Those are going to be big shoes to fill; even if they weren’t clown shoes. Only time will tell.
Set to begin working in March, Cary Fukunaga already seems to have a vision for turning the lengthy novel into a major motion picture. The story will be told in two films: the first will focus on the coming of age stories of the children as they deal with the demonic clown. The second will show us the group coming back together to face their greatest fear. I like that, and it has me excited.
Mr. King has given this project his blessing, but based on his past blessings, that means very little in my book. However, I can’t deny Fukunaga’s talent. True Detective had me on the edge of my seat, week after week. Set him loose with what is truly one of the scariest books that I have ever read, and I have no doubt that we might have a future classic on our hands. No release date information yet, but I’m ready.