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Mama director Andy Muschietti circling adaptation of Stephen King's It

07.16.2015

After many years spent developing a two-part adaptation of Stephen King's "It", True Detective director Cary Fukunaga unfortunately decided to leave the project in May after butting heads with the studio. The remake was supposed to begin filming last month in New York but that was obviously put on hold while New Line began the search for a new director.

THR reports that New Line may have finally found a replacement for Cary Fukunaga as Andy Muschietti (MAMA) is in negotiations to direct IT. New Line is reportedly still planning on keeping the adaptation separated into two parts with part one featuring the main characters as children while the second would pick up with those same characters as adults. It's unclear at this time if Will Poulter will still fill the extra large shoes of Pennywise, THR mentions that Poulter is no longer officially attached but that he could return depending on scheduling and other factors.

The script for both IT films were being handled by Cary Fukunaga and Chase Palmer, but New Line will begin searching for a new writer to tailor the script to Muschietti’s vision once negotiations with Muschietti conclude.

Is Andy Muschietti a good fit for IT?

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Source: THR

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1:01AM on 07/18/2015
glad to see their still going forward with it, but I'm still bummed that Fukunaga is not involved anymore! I haven't seen Mama, so I can't say anything about that. I really hope they nail the look and feel of Pennywise! He is the soul of the film. If the actor doesn't nail the part like Tim Curry did, then it won't work! Hopefully they do something better with the ending. The original ending of the tv show was a big letdown to how awesome the rest of the show was.
glad to see their still going forward with it, but I'm still bummed that Fukunaga is not involved anymore! I haven't seen Mama, so I can't say anything about that. I really hope they nail the look and feel of Pennywise! He is the soul of the film. If the actor doesn't nail the part like Tim Curry did, then it won't work! Hopefully they do something better with the ending. The original ending of the tv show was a big letdown to how awesome the rest of the show was.
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11:17PM on 07/16/2015

Nope.

The problem with splitting the story into two movies, the first with the characters as kids and the second with them as adults, is that the heart of the story is the adults trying to REMEMBER what had happened when they were young. You meet them as adults first, and the past passages are flashbacks that deal with repressed memories about their experiences with Pennywise. Showing all of the "kid stuff" first screws with that concept and would weaken the story tremendously. They're essentially
The problem with splitting the story into two movies, the first with the characters as kids and the second with them as adults, is that the heart of the story is the adults trying to REMEMBER what had happened when they were young. You meet them as adults first, and the past passages are flashbacks that deal with repressed memories about their experiences with Pennywise. Showing all of the "kid stuff" first screws with that concept and would weaken the story tremendously. They're essentially solving a mystery in order to battle the clown, and a "kids first" movie would show you all of the mystery up-front.
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12:35PM on 07/17/2015
That's how the book was, but like many King novels, the book doesn't always translate well to film, unless there is some tinkering
That's how the book was, but like many King novels, the book doesn't always translate well to film, unless there is some tinkering
10:03PM on 07/16/2015
I don't know. Mama started off okay, but then got stupid very quickly.
I don't know. Mama started off okay, but then got stupid very quickly.
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9:30PM on 07/16/2015
How about the duo behind Starry Eyes - Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer? I recently watched the movie and really impressed by it. They might be a good fit.
How about the duo behind Starry Eyes - Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer? I recently watched the movie and really impressed by it. They might be a good fit.
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