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Cary Fukunaga gives his two cents on why he left Stephen King's It

08.18.2015
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Cary Fukunaga certainly caught everyone off-guard with his brilliant direction on the entire first season of True Detective, so when it was announced that he would be handling an adaptation of Stephen King's IT, horror fans had good reason to be excited. Fukunaga and screenwriter Chase Palmer had been working on a script for years that would embody two films. Months before shooting was scheduled to begin this summer, the film shifted from Warner Bros. to New Line and Fukunaga walked away from the project. At the time it was said that he repeatedly clashed with the studio and did not want to compromise his artistic vision in the wake of budget cuts that were demanded by New Line, but now we have word from the man himself on the situation.

It’s never easy. Chase and I had been working on that script for probably three years. There was a lot of our childhood and our experience in it. Ultimately, we and New Line have to agree on the kind of movie we want to make, and we just wanted to make different movies. It’s like a relationship: you can try to make the other person who you want them to be, but it’s impossible really to change. You just have to work.

It's easy to point fingers (sorry Josh Trank), but there are obviously ways to handle studio business amicably and Fukunaga seems to know that all too well. While not divulging much in the way of "secrets," he knows that this is a business and sometimes studios are willing to budge. Furthermore, despite his time devoted to the project, I'm glad he decieded to walk away if he felt his vision would be compromised. If IT does come to fruition, I hope New Lines takes a good, long look at what they have before shooting something half-assed (if that be the case). As for Fukunaga, I'm sure he'll do just fine.

Cary Fukunaga's next film, BEASTS OF NO NATION, will see a limited theatrical and Netflix release on October 16, 2015.

cary-fukunaga-emmyCary Fukunaga with his Emmy from True Detective.

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5:28PM on 08/18/2015
Cary Fukunaga seems like a real classy guy, in addition to being one helluva filmmaker. I don't have any connection to It from growing up, but I am sorry he didn't get to make his movie. I was a big fan of his debut, Sin Nombre, and when he got the True Detective gig that proved to be arguably as smart as the casting. So I'm always interested in what his vision is, and wherever that takes him.
Cary Fukunaga seems like a real classy guy, in addition to being one helluva filmmaker. I don't have any connection to It from growing up, but I am sorry he didn't get to make his movie. I was a big fan of his debut, Sin Nombre, and when he got the True Detective gig that proved to be arguably as smart as the casting. So I'm always interested in what his vision is, and wherever that takes him.
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4:33PM on 08/18/2015
It's frustrating that studios are so unwilling to give movies new breath, but will dump money on cheap ideas and bitch that people aren't going to movies or illegally streaming. You can't have it both ways.
It's frustrating that studios are so unwilling to give movies new breath, but will dump money on cheap ideas and bitch that people aren't going to movies or illegally streaming. You can't have it both ways.
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4:06PM on 08/18/2015
I suspect Fukunaga had a very different movie in mind than a straight up remake or faithful adaptation of the book, particularly with the out-of-the-box casting of Pennywise. I would've really loved to see his take on this, though I suppose it's understandable why New Line wouldn't go for it. I agree with the other posts though. A book of this scope is much better suited to TV than theaters. Netflix, HBO, Showtime, AMC, any of those would be able to do this justice, rather than try to cram
I suspect Fukunaga had a very different movie in mind than a straight up remake or faithful adaptation of the book, particularly with the out-of-the-box casting of Pennywise. I would've really loved to see his take on this, though I suppose it's understandable why New Line wouldn't go for it. I agree with the other posts though. A book of this scope is much better suited to TV than theaters. Netflix, HBO, Showtime, AMC, any of those would be able to do this justice, rather than try to cram everything in to a movie (even a two-part movie).
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4:02PM on 08/18/2015
This seems like a reoccurring theme. Studios interfering too much in the Director's vision.
This seems like a reoccurring theme. Studios interfering too much in the Director's vision.
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1:20PM on 08/18/2015
Completely agree with lazerscope, this was heartbreaking for me as well. When the project was announced with Fukunaga it immediately shot to my most anticipated movie to see. I think the netflix route would be a good idea but we shall see.
Completely agree with lazerscope, this was heartbreaking for me as well. When the project was announced with Fukunaga it immediately shot to my most anticipated movie to see. I think the netflix route would be a good idea but we shall see.
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12:54PM on 08/18/2015

too bad

I know all 4 billion rights issues, but we worked so well with Netflix before, and this is (IT) a perfect platform for this book. Imagine a whole IT series on Netflix!
I know all 4 billion rights issues, but we worked so well with Netflix before, and this is (IT) a perfect platform for this book. Imagine a whole IT series on Netflix!
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12:33PM on 08/18/2015
His work on TD was to quote everybody else, "awesome" and it sucks to hear of these kind of issues but I'm a bit relieved also as I don't want to see an IT reboot. I love the theater but something like this, I feel, if its gonna be made it'd be better as a netflix or amazon mini series. Uncut, 7-8 hour long episodes would be perfect.
His work on TD was to quote everybody else, "awesome" and it sucks to hear of these kind of issues but I'm a bit relieved also as I don't want to see an IT reboot. I love the theater but something like this, I feel, if its gonna be made it'd be better as a netflix or amazon mini series. Uncut, 7-8 hour long episodes would be perfect.
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12:23PM on 08/18/2015
Yeah, this was heartbreaking news for me when I first heard he left. Hopefully the project continues with an equally good director and not some lame hack...
Yeah, this was heartbreaking news for me when I first heard he left. Hopefully the project continues with an equally good director and not some lame hack...
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