Cary Fukunaga leaves Stephen King’s ‘It’ adaptation

26 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Stephen King’s It remake put on indefinite hold as director Cary Fukunaga walks out.

The director of the films Jane Eyre and Sin Nombre and TV’s True Detective was reportedly frustrated with budget cuts and was delivering drafts of the script that would cost more than the studio wanted to spend.

After months of preparation, planning and rumours, the cinematic remake of Stephen King’s It has been pushed back indefinitely as True Detective director Cary Fukunaga has left the project. According to The Wrap, the film’s studio, New Line, and Fukunaga had repeatedly clashed on numerous occasions over artistic vision and a demanding budgets, leading to the director walking out just weeks before production was set to begin in June. Production was due to start next month, and Will Poulter had been in negotiations to join the cast as Pennywise, the shape-shifting child murderer whose most memorable iteration is a clown. It was also reported that New Line had gotten ‘cold feet’ over the project as this year’s Poltergeist, a horror movie which used a clown heavily in marketing, was a relative box office flop.

Another insider claimed that the underwhelming opening for Poltergeist, which featured a clown at the centre of its marketing, caused New Line to get cold feet. Fukunaga will now focus on his forthcoming fact-based drama about a father who hiked across the US after the death of his son, who killed himself after homophobic bullying. He’s still floating down in the sewers Derry.” The novel was previously adapted into a TV miniseries starring Tim Curry as evil clown Pennywise, and was scheduled to be released as a two part movie treatment.

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