It was a sad day for horror fans when True Detective director Cary Fukunaga broke the news that he had exited the reboot of Stephen King’s horror classic It.
This was a project that was in the making for years. A lot of work went into making it happen and it now seems that it was all for nothing
In a recent interview with Variety, Fukunage explains why he is no longer attached to the project…
“I was trying to make an unconventional horror film. It didn’t fit into the algorithm of what they knew they could spend and make money back on based on not offending their standard genre audience. Our budget was perfectly fine. …It was the creative that we were really battling. It was two movies. They didn’t care about that. In the first movie, what I was trying to do was an elevated horror film with actual characters. They didn’t want any characters. They wanted archetypes and scares. I wrote the script. They wanted me to make a much more inoffensive, conventional script. But I don’t think you can do proper Stephen King and make it inoffensive.
The main difference was making Pennywise more than just the clown. After 30 years of villains that could read the emotional minds of characters and scare them, trying to find really sadistic and intelligent ways he scares children, and also the children had real lives prior to being scared. And all that character work takes time. It’s a slow build, but it’s worth it, especially by the second film. But definitely even in the first film, it pays off.
We invested years and so much anecdotal storytelling in it. Chase and I both put our childhood in that story. So our biggest fear was they were going to take our script and bastardize it. So I’m actually thankful that they are going to rewrite the script. I wouldn’t want them to stealing our childhood memories and using that. I mean, I’m not sure if the fans would have liked what I would had done. I was honoring King’s spirit of it, but I needed to update it. King saw an earlier draft and liked it.”
Will Poulter was set to play, Pennywise but now that a new script will be drafted and they have a new director on board (Andy Muschietti, director of Del Toro produced horror, Mama) it’s up in the air if Poulter will get a chance to show us his sinister side.
More to follow on, It as it’s announced
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