“Mama” Director Andrés Muschietti Takes Charge of Stephen King’s “It”; Filming Starts Soon

A cursed project? Attempts to bring Stephen King’s brilliant novel “It” to the big screen continue to be hampered by development problems. However, the latest director attached to the project – Andrés Muschietti, who made the creepy Mama – says he expects production to begin “later this year”. Where have we heard that before!?

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Last year we reported the project to bring one of horror novelist Stephen King’s scariest novels to the big screen was green-lit for summer or autumn 2015. But it never happened.

True Detective and Beasts of the No Nation director Cary Fukunaga was installed as director and he’d hired the actor to play the film’s monstrous clown Pennywise in the form of British actor Will Poulter. But creative differences saw development stall once again.

Now, Mama director Andrés Muschietti has taken control of the helm according to producer Roy Lee. He said at DICE 2016 the film will “hopefully” enter production “later this year” with Gary Doberman having worked on the latest screenplay draft. The film will split into two parts released 12 months apart and will seek an R rating (probably earning it a 15 in the UK).

Lee said the script sticks closely to the novel but has its own approach to telling the story. “It is very close to the source material in one way but very different if you look at it as a literary piece of work… We’re taking it and making the movie from the point of view of the kids, and then making another movie from the point of view of the adults, that could potentially then be cut together like the novel. But it’s gonna be a really fun way of making this movie.”

Fingers crossed when they say filming will begin “later this year” they mean it this time!

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    Dan Grant Reply

    IMO, IT is the best book ever written. The characters are rich and believable and to bring them to life is a daunting task. The TV two parter was good, but incredibly flawed. This needs a good director, a studio not afraid to spend some money on it and a screenwriter who can stay fairly faithful to King’s vision. I hope this works out this time.

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