I was introduced to the 1990 miniseries, IT, based on the novel by Stephen King, at the tender at of six. At the time my bedroom was clown themed. Two days later my room was changed to pink.
Earlier this year we learned that a big screen adaptation of King’s 1986 novel IT will mark the return of the infamous dancing clown, Pennywise, with Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) set to direct. Today we learn more details have been revealed as production gets ready for 2015.
Vulture managed to score an interview with producer Dan Lin (The Lego Movie) wherein he confirms what all Stephen King fans have been hoping; that a big budget feature film based on the author’s 1986 novel IT will begin production next year.
“The idea is to start official prep in March for a summer shoot,” said Lin. “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.”
Fukunaga wrote the screenplay for Stephen King’s IT with Chase Palmer and David Kajganich, with Lin, David Katzenberg, Doug Davison and Seth Grahame-Smith serving as producers. It’s been over 25 years since Pennywise the dancing clown began terrorizing kids both in the movie and at home, and Lin revealed that this second adaptation of the novel will be split into two different parts, much the same way 1990’s ABC mini-series, starring Tim Curry as Pennywise, was.
The first feature will revolve an entity that stalks seven children in Derry, Maine in the guise of a clown. The second feature would focus on the children as adults returning to Derry in order to rid the world of the creature once and for all. Furthermore, Lin revealed that Stephen King himself is happy with the direction being taken and has vowed his support of the project.
“The most important thing is that Stephen King gave us his blessing,” said Lin. “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.”
As an older and now hardened horror fan, I am so looking forward to seeing IT hit the big screen. We will keep you updated as details come in.