Stephen King’s “It” Has Its Star But Loses The Director As Cary Fukunaga Walks Away

Just this month we reported that the brand new big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s epic horror novel “It” had its star with Brit actor Will Poulter signing up to play the story’s chief villain. But now director Cary Fukunaga has left the project.
Cary Fukunaga has left the production of Stephen King's IT just weeks before scheduled shooting was set to begin...

Cary Fukunaga has left the production of Stephen King’s IT just weeks before scheduled shooting was set to begin…

It’s the old “creative differences” excuse that has seen Cary Fukunaga walk away from the new big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s epic horror story It. The truth is: he’s had a fall out with someone, probably the studio over budget constraints. The rumour, as reported by Deadline, suggests the key conflict was over Fukunaga’s attempt to get more money on top of the $30 million budget agreed, despite shooting scheduled to begin next month.

Now New Line is desperately searching for a new director to ensure the project doesn’t get delayed any further, having been in pre-production limbo for many years. When shooting does get under way the story focuses on a group of young teenagers in the 1950s whose friendship and resourcefulness sees them band together to battle a terrifying monster in their home town. 30 years later, having each gone their separate ways, they are brought back together when the monster begins stalking children once again. Fukunaga’s version was expected to split the story up into the children’s adventure in part 1, and the adult’s in part 2 similar to the entertaining two-part TV movie. This double bill of feature films isn’t expected to change under a new director.

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