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Director Cary Fukunaga exits adaptation of Stephen King's It

05.26.2015

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Cary Fukunaga was expected to start filming his big screen version of Stephen King's It this summer, but The Wrap has learned that the director will no longer helm the project, and the film has been delayed indefinitely. IT moved from Warner Bros. to New Line a few weeks ago, and sources tell the site that Fukunaga "repeatedly clashed with the studio and did not want to compromise his artistic vision in the wake of budget cuts that were recently demanded by New Line."

Fukunaga's plan was to split the book into two movies with SON OF RAMBOW actor Will Poulter as Pennywise the clown, and recent drafts of the script were coming in over the first film's $30 million greenlit budget. Sources also say the director wanted to shoot in New York (which isn't cheap), and New Line was getting cold feet about the movie after the soft opening for POLTERGEIST over the weekend, which used a clown as part of its marketing campaign.

Before Will Poulter was cast as Pennywise, Cary Fukunaga apparently wanted Ben Mendelsohn for the role, however New Line wanted the actor to take a big pay cut. Mendelsohn decided to pass on the project, and moved on to Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spin-off ROGUE ONE. There's no word on if New Line will use Fukunaga's plans and scripts for the films or start from scratch, but one source told The Wrap that IT "was dead as currently constituted."

What do you think New Line should do with IT?

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4:48PM on 05/27/2015
I thought WB owned New Line? How can you let another movie influence the reason to let a movie die though? Poltergeist looked horrible from the getgo.
I thought WB owned New Line? How can you let another movie influence the reason to let a movie die though? Poltergeist looked horrible from the getgo.
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9:58AM on 05/27/2015
On the plus side, it means we won't have that ugly kid over-acting his hammy little heart out as Pennywise.
On the plus side, it means we won't have that ugly kid over-acting his hammy little heart out as Pennywise.
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1:11AM on 05/27/2015
Well that certainly sucks. I'm a huge fan of the original TV movie and the book, and I was really looking forward to this new take on a great story. Can't we just pool our money here on Joblo and finance the project ourselves?
Well that certainly sucks. I'm a huge fan of the original TV movie and the book, and I was really looking forward to this new take on a great story. Can't we just pool our money here on Joblo and finance the project ourselves?
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7:05PM on 05/26/2015
Well, this just straight up sucks a fat one.
Well, this just straight up sucks a fat one.
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4:20PM on 05/26/2015

Horrible news!!

wow this is a horrible blow! I'm now extremely sad! They were scared of the marketing because of the clown in Poltergeist? That makes no sense. The clown in Poltergeist is not a main actor like Penywise, and that is stupid logic.
wow this is a horrible blow! I'm now extremely sad! They were scared of the marketing because of the clown in Poltergeist? That makes no sense. The clown in Poltergeist is not a main actor like Penywise, and that is stupid logic.
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12:27PM on 05/26/2015
I also heard that the "budget concerns" were pretty substantial...as in New Line turning what was supposed to be two movies into one. Whatever happened, this is hugely disappointing. I'm not generally a horror fan, but I loved the IT miniseries and Fukunaga is easily one of the directors I'm excited to see more from after True Detective.
I also heard that the "budget concerns" were pretty substantial...as in New Line turning what was supposed to be two movies into one. Whatever happened, this is hugely disappointing. I'm not generally a horror fan, but I loved the IT miniseries and Fukunaga is easily one of the directors I'm excited to see more from after True Detective.
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12:13PM on 05/26/2015

Those motherfuckers.

Just because Poltergeist was shit the studio blames audiences for not going to see it. Our punishment is cancelling the ONE remake that people were excited about.

I bet they wanted it to be PG-13, and more like a remake of Stand By Me and nothing like the book as the director wanted it to be.

I feel bad for this guy, I was so psyched for the remake with him at the helm and I don't ever say that about remakes.
Just because Poltergeist was shit the studio blames audiences for not going to see it. Our punishment is cancelling the ONE remake that people were excited about.

I bet they wanted it to be PG-13, and more like a remake of Stand By Me and nothing like the book as the director wanted it to be.

I feel bad for this guy, I was so psyched for the remake with him at the helm and I don't ever say that about remakes.
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12:02PM on 05/26/2015
Ugh, come on. This sucks!
Ugh, come on. This sucks!
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10:45AM on 05/26/2015
This is how stupid movie execs can be: they back down on the budget of It because the promotional work for poltergeist revolved around a stupid puppet clown, and the movie didn't bring in enough money. This is exec logic. Not the fact that a remake of poltergeist is and always has been a FUCKING stupid idea but the puppet clown didn't bring in ticket sales.
This is how stupid movie execs can be: they back down on the budget of It because the promotional work for poltergeist revolved around a stupid puppet clown, and the movie didn't bring in enough money. This is exec logic. Not the fact that a remake of poltergeist is and always has been a FUCKING stupid idea but the puppet clown didn't bring in ticket sales.
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10:24AM on 05/26/2015
Ben Mendelsohn as Pennywise would have been awesome. But yeah, this sucks.
Ben Mendelsohn as Pennywise would have been awesome. But yeah, this sucks.
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9:50AM on 05/26/2015
That sucks (I guess). But I don't think New Line is being that difficult in all of this (except for wanting Mendelsohn to take a pay cut). But if Carey Fukunaga is drawing a line in the sand over filming in New York City then he's just being unreasonable. There are many cheaper cities than can easily be used as a stand-in for NYC (i.e. Toronto, ON). And keep in mind this is a horror movie, so I doubt there's a huge necessity for on location shooting in NYC. From what I remember, the story
That sucks (I guess). But I don't think New Line is being that difficult in all of this (except for wanting Mendelsohn to take a pay cut). But if Carey Fukunaga is drawing a line in the sand over filming in New York City then he's just being unreasonable. There are many cheaper cities than can easily be used as a stand-in for NYC (i.e. Toronto, ON). And keep in mind this is a horror movie, so I doubt there's a huge necessity for on location shooting in NYC. From what I remember, the story doesn't even take place in NYC, so why make such a big deal about it.
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9:51AM on 05/26/2015
Oh an also, New Line is concerned over a horror movie featuring a clown b/c Poltergeist did so poorly in theatres on opening weekend. The movie execs really do not know how to gauge fan reactions/criticisms. Poltergeist didn't do poorly because of a clown, it's because no one wanted to see a Poltergeist remake that didn't need to be made. The movie IT is a completely different film.
Oh an also, New Line is concerned over a horror movie featuring a clown b/c Poltergeist did so poorly in theatres on opening weekend. The movie execs really do not know how to gauge fan reactions/criticisms. Poltergeist didn't do poorly because of a clown, it's because no one wanted to see a Poltergeist remake that didn't need to be made. The movie IT is a completely different film.
9:54AM on 05/26/2015
I fully agree on a fronts. Derry was a small town in the book, not NYC, so Im not sure if that aspect of this whole debacle is factual or not. And people didnt show up for Poltergeist because of the clown, they didnt show up because it looked like it sucked.
I fully agree on a fronts. Derry was a small town in the book, not NYC, so Im not sure if that aspect of this whole debacle is factual or not. And people didnt show up for Poltergeist because of the clown, they didnt show up because it looked like it sucked.
9:23AM on 05/26/2015

That sucks

That was a really good pairing of director and lead actor: I thought Will Poulter was going to knock it out of the park as Pennywise. Fukunaga insisting on filming in New York was a bit much, I thought, but New Line getting worried about clowns due to POLTERGEIST's lousy opening was hilarious (I guess no one read any reviews?).

As Stephen King said, at least we still have Tim Curry.
That was a really good pairing of director and lead actor: I thought Will Poulter was going to knock it out of the park as Pennywise. Fukunaga insisting on filming in New York was a bit much, I thought, but New Line getting worried about clowns due to POLTERGEIST's lousy opening was hilarious (I guess no one read any reviews?).

As Stephen King said, at least we still have Tim Curry.
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9:10AM on 05/26/2015
I'm guessing the studio is trying to decide what can be shown and cannot be shown on TV. It's a shame that Cary Fukunaga exits the project. How about Kevin Tancharoen? His new take on Mortal Kombat Legacy was very well done. I'm hopeful he could breath new life into IT project.
I'm guessing the studio is trying to decide what can be shown and cannot be shown on TV. It's a shame that Cary Fukunaga exits the project. How about Kevin Tancharoen? His new take on Mortal Kombat Legacy was very well done. I'm hopeful he could breath new life into IT project.
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