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Cary Fukunaga says It will be like a Goonies-esque horror movie

02.17.2014

With TRUE DETECTIVE blowing minds left and right, the involvement of Cary Fukunaga with the adaptation of Stephen King's IT, it looks like we may be getting a fuller and deeper adaptation of the horror novel. Fukunaga has previously stated that IT would be developed as two films, something that would greatly benefit the sprawling source novel.

Fukunaga recently sat down with Collider to discuss TRUE DETECTIVE and they asked about the status of IT. Fukunaga shared some interesting details about the films.

I am in the midst of rewriting the first script now. Weíre not working on the second part yet. The first script is just about the kids. Itís more like Goonies meets a horror film.

Invoking THE GOONIES will assuredly make fans of IT excited as the story spends a great deal of time with the Loser's Club. The kids band together to battle the evil Pennywise the Clown as well as the horror that lurks behind that manifestation. The mini-series version of the novel jumped back and forth in time periods, but it sounds like Fukunaga wants to keep things linear, which would make the sequel much more natural and not require the adult and child casting to be done simultaneously.

Fukunaga also spoke of the weakest part of the IT mini-series, the ending, and what he hopes to avoid in his version.

There will be no spider at the end of our movie. Weíre definitely honoring the spirit of Stephen King, but the horror has to be modernized to make it relevant. Thatís my job, right now, on this pass. Iím working on making the horror more about suspense than visualization of any creatures. I just donít think thatís scary. What could be there, and the sounds and how it interacts with things, is scarier than actual monsters.

Fukunaga has proven with TRUE DETECTIVE that he can handle "actual monsters" so I have no doubt he will knock IT out of the park. The only question is, when will we get it?

Source: Collider

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9:51AM on 02/18/2014

Can't wait for this

"True Detective" is growing creepier and creepier by the episode, Funakawa has a great touch for atmosphere, my only wish is that they bring Tim Curry back as Pennywise, I'm sure they'll cast someone good anyhow but remember Jackie Earl Haley is an awesome actor and he couldn't step out from England's shadow on the NOES remake.
"True Detective" is growing creepier and creepier by the episode, Funakawa has a great touch for atmosphere, my only wish is that they bring Tim Curry back as Pennywise, I'm sure they'll cast someone good anyhow but remember Jackie Earl Haley is an awesome actor and he couldn't step out from England's shadow on the NOES remake.
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9:39AM on 02/18/2014

I just hope they stick to the book this time

The book has a ton more frightening things going on than just Pennywise.
The book has a ton more frightening things going on than just Pennywise.
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5:15AM on 02/18/2014
C'mon if your gonna evoke a Gen X classic like Goonies than the dreamcasting can only be one guy for Pennywise: Robert Englund. Make it happen, a Robert Englund under Fukunaga direction would give all these new kids nightmares for years on end.
C'mon if your gonna evoke a Gen X classic like Goonies than the dreamcasting can only be one guy for Pennywise: Robert Englund. Make it happen, a Robert Englund under Fukunaga direction would give all these new kids nightmares for years on end.
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12:39AM on 02/18/2014
And my childhood nightmare lives on. I hope they will keep the shower in the locker room scene.
And my childhood nightmare lives on. I hope they will keep the shower in the locker room scene.
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12:16AM on 02/18/2014

?The Orgy ending?

I never read the book. Judging from the comments. The book "IT" was basically centered around a child molesting dude dressed as a clown, drags kids into the sewers and fuck them to death. Is this true? I did see that someone wrote about an orgy with eleven year old that occurs at the end of the book. If all this happens in the book. I can understand and see why Stephen King was forced to decimate the ending by using a spider. Producer for books and movies would never allow that to be seen at
I never read the book. Judging from the comments. The book "IT" was basically centered around a child molesting dude dressed as a clown, drags kids into the sewers and fuck them to death. Is this true? I did see that someone wrote about an orgy with eleven year old that occurs at the end of the book. If all this happens in the book. I can understand and see why Stephen King was forced to decimate the ending by using a spider. Producer for books and movies would never allow that to be seen at that period of time (1990). I see a lot of potential now society and movies have become much more racier.
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11:55AM on 02/18/2014
You got it all wrong. Google a summary or, better yet, read the book. It's awesome.
You got it all wrong. Google a summary or, better yet, read the book. It's awesome.
11:09PM on 02/17/2014
Does this mean Pennywise will turn into an octopus at the end?

But for real, the original scared the shit out of me. Here's hoping this does the same
Does this mean Pennywise will turn into an octopus at the end?

But for real, the original scared the shit out of me. Here's hoping this does the same
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9:04PM on 02/17/2014
Well obviously they HAVE to get the casting right. It's gonna be VERY hard to fill Tim Curry's shoes. It would be AWESOME if they could get Tim to reprise his role, but I really don't see that happening. The end of the series was a big letdown, and I am glad Fukunaga is addressing that. The idea of the Goonies meets horror is really a great analogy. True Detective is a great show, so I have high hopes for this. Man that Pennywise really creeped me out, and still does!
Well obviously they HAVE to get the casting right. It's gonna be VERY hard to fill Tim Curry's shoes. It would be AWESOME if they could get Tim to reprise his role, but I really don't see that happening. The end of the series was a big letdown, and I am glad Fukunaga is addressing that. The idea of the Goonies meets horror is really a great analogy. True Detective is a great show, so I have high hopes for this. Man that Pennywise really creeped me out, and still does!
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7:50PM on 02/17/2014
Considering how much the original scarred me when I was 2/3 ( till I was 8, I literally had a ritual to make sure Pennywise wouldnt get me in the shower), Im not sure how much modernization is needed
Considering how much the original scarred me when I was 2/3 ( till I was 8, I literally had a ritual to make sure Pennywise wouldnt get me in the shower), Im not sure how much modernization is needed
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11:29PM on 02/17/2014
I had one of those shower-only showers, so it looked remarkably like the tiles and drain Pennywise came out of. My rule was that if I kept staring at the drain, he couldn't come out. If I closed my eyes or looked away he would start crawling out. I even shampooed with my eyes open.

I stared at that damn drain until I thought my eyes would fall out.
I had one of those shower-only showers, so it looked remarkably like the tiles and drain Pennywise came out of. My rule was that if I kept staring at the drain, he couldn't come out. If I closed my eyes or looked away he would start crawling out. I even shampooed with my eyes open.

I stared at that damn drain until I thought my eyes would fall out.
7:22PM on 02/17/2014
SLOTH HAUNT YOUR NIGHTMARES!
SLOTH HAUNT YOUR NIGHTMARES!
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5:21PM on 02/17/2014
"Iím working on making the horror more about suspense than visualization of any creatures. I just donít think thatís scary. What could be there, and the sounds and how it interacts with things, is scarier than actual monsters."

So we have to imagine there's a clown in the movie...?
"Iím working on making the horror more about suspense than visualization of any creatures. I just donít think thatís scary. What could be there, and the sounds and how it interacts with things, is scarier than actual monsters."

So we have to imagine there's a clown in the movie...?
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7:52PM on 02/17/2014
Yeah I think that works better with Jaws
Yeah I think that works better with Jaws
9:07PM on 02/17/2014
well hopefully he doesn't mean that, otherwise it would suck. They HAVE to have an actual Pennywise!
well hopefully he doesn't mean that, otherwise it would suck. They HAVE to have an actual Pennywise!
10:12PM on 02/17/2014
He was referring to the giant spider they face at the end not the clown. No clown, no IT!
He was referring to the giant spider they face at the end not the clown. No clown, no IT!
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4:56PM on 02/17/2014
Anything will be better than that bull shit mini series from the 80's! Dated or not I was never a fan of it, and I thought it was the furthest thing from scary! Even when I was a kid. I revisited it like 9 years ago and it's an even bigger pile of shit than I originally thought! I'm looking forward to this and hoping it's more like the book and NOTHING like that shit mini series.
Anything will be better than that bull shit mini series from the 80's! Dated or not I was never a fan of it, and I thought it was the furthest thing from scary! Even when I was a kid. I revisited it like 9 years ago and it's an even bigger pile of shit than I originally thought! I'm looking forward to this and hoping it's more like the book and NOTHING like that shit mini series.
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5:13PM on 02/17/2014
It's from 1990 dumbshit and it was awesome.
It's from 1990 dumbshit and it was awesome.
5:37PM on 02/17/2014
That mini-series was awesome, man. It scared the fucking shit out of me as a kid. I remember being frightened of the bathroom sink for weeks after I saw it.
That mini-series was awesome, man. It scared the fucking shit out of me as a kid. I remember being frightened of the bathroom sink for weeks after I saw it.
11:30PM on 02/17/2014
Yeah, the mini-series was incredible.
Yeah, the mini-series was incredible.
4:32PM on 02/17/2014

So, child porn then?

It's kinda tough to adapt IT to film with the horrible ending King tacked on it. (The same can be said for many of King's books)
It's kinda tough to adapt IT to film with the horrible ending King tacked on it. (The same can be said for many of King's books)
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4:52PM on 02/17/2014
If the spider is being ditched, I'm sure what you're talking about is as well . . .
If the spider is being ditched, I'm sure what you're talking about is as well . . .
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4:29PM on 02/17/2014
This is getting exciting now, I'm reallly looking forward to this.
This is getting exciting now, I'm reallly looking forward to this.
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3:45PM on 02/17/2014

ok

Sold!....aside from the weird end of their childhood story. (Some people may know what I'm talking about), I really like the book. Tim Curry's performance in the miniseries still stands out, but the rest of it hasn't aged well. I'm game for a fresh and even darker update. I think this guy can bring it.
Sold!....aside from the weird end of their childhood story. (Some people may know what I'm talking about), I really like the book. Tim Curry's performance in the miniseries still stands out, but the rest of it hasn't aged well. I'm game for a fresh and even darker update. I think this guy can bring it.
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3:36PM on 02/17/2014

No Spider? Hmm...

...I'm a little skeptical, for the first time, on this project, now.
...I'm a little skeptical, for the first time, on this project, now.
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3:30PM on 02/17/2014

Very excited

I'm usually very cautious about King adaptations because their either great, mediocre, or terrible. Fukunaga's words have eased my initial skepticism on this project--especially the terrible ending of the original--and I look forward to his more suspenseful retelling.
I'm usually very cautious about King adaptations because their either great, mediocre, or terrible. Fukunaga's words have eased my initial skepticism on this project--especially the terrible ending of the original--and I look forward to his more suspenseful retelling.
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3:22PM on 02/17/2014
Not taking anything from It, but if you want a scary Stephen King novel, read Salems Lot. Having said that, I'm naively hopeful anytime Kings' work is promised to the big screen, he's my all time favorite author!
Not taking anything from It, but if you want a scary Stephen King novel, read Salems Lot. Having said that, I'm naively hopeful anytime Kings' work is promised to the big screen, he's my all time favorite author!
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3:04PM on 02/17/2014
Really looking forward to this. I really enjoyed the original mini-series but to see a new incarnation in the theaters would be awesome. Hopefully it will be a success or else it could cause problems getting the second part off the ground.
Really looking forward to this. I really enjoyed the original mini-series but to see a new incarnation in the theaters would be awesome. Hopefully it will be a success or else it could cause problems getting the second part off the ground.
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11:57AM on 02/18/2014
Original mini-series has Tim Curry's Pennywise and nothing else . . .
Original mini-series has Tim Curry's Pennywise and nothing else . . .
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