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It was a great disappointment when Cary Fukunaga dropped out of the director’s seat for Stephen King’s It. He had stuck with the project, promised us two parts, and was rumoured to be very close to signing surprise choice Will Poulter in the role of Pennywise the clown. However, with suggestions that he wasn’t getting the budget he felt necessary for such a mammoth undertaking, Fukunaga left the project.
Now New Line have picked up a new director in the form of Andy Muschietti. Muschietti is best known for his 2013 horror film Mama which was a very atmospheric and quite unsettling film.It proved a hit with audiences, making $150 million worlwide off a $15 million budget.
Stephen King’s It will be a huge task for anyone to take on, especially given the size of the book. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
We weren't quite at the long-term commitment level of Edgar Wright to Ant-Man, but still, director Cary Fukunaga had been attached to directing two films based on Stephen King's It since 2012. However, 'creative differences' popped up a month or two ago, and Fukunaga ended up leaving the New Line-funded project.
As promised, though, a replacement has now been found.
Andy Muschietti, the helmer of 2013's hit movie Mama, is in talks to take over Stephen King's It. For a while, Muschietti was set to direct the forthcoming reboot of The Mummy before he departed that project. He's expected to sign on the dotted line for It shortly.
Where all this leaves Will Poulter remains to be seen. The young actor had been cast in the pivotal role of Pennywise »
It looks like New Line could have a new director to take us into the haunted town of Derry. A little less than two months ago, Cary Fukunaga departed the adaptation of Stephen King's It, and now Mama director Andy Muschietti is in talks to helm the project.
The news of Muschietti's negotiations for the director's chair on It comes from The Hollywood Reporter. Originally written as a two-part adaptation by Fukunaga and Chase Palmer, the It adaptation's script is now planned to be altered to fit Muschietti's ultimate version of the epic 1986 novel. This new adaptation of It is still expected to comprise two films.
On the film's casting side, it's unknown if Will Poulter will be lined up for »
- Derek Anderson
Muschietti is in talks to replace Cary Fukunaga, who dropped out of the project over the Memorial Day weekend over budget issues. Fukunaga, best known for directing the first season of “True Detective,” came on board to the project in 2012.
King’s massive 1986 novel — with 1,136 pages in its original publication — was adapted as a TV miniseries in 1991 starring the late John Ritter and Tim Curry. The story follows seven outcast children who come together over summer break to take on a monster troubling their town, only to face their own personal demons in the process.
“It” is a shapeshifting villain who mostly appears in the form of a clown »
- Dave McNary
He was on the verge of closing a deal for a pilot at Amazon that he hoped would be the start of a career turnaround. Just a few days ago, he sent a text message to his daughter Lola asking where she wanted to go to celebrate her birthday.
But on Friday evening, veteran TV comedy writer Chris Thompson, known for his hard-partying lifestyle and professional highs and lows, was found dead at the Toluca Lake home of actor Tim Curry, his longtime friend. He was 63.
Thompson’s death was confirmed by his ex-wife, director-producer Lyndall Hobbs. She said Thompson was discovered unconscious by a caregiver at Curry’s home on Friday night. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death, Hobbs said.
Thompson’s career stretched from the mid-1970s, when he got a break from a producer who admired his improv comedy performance, through series »
- Cynthia Littleton
We've missed you, Tim Curry! Three years after he suffered a major stroke that left him in a wheelchair, the 69-year-old actor made a rare red carpet appearance Sunday night at The Actors Fund's 19th Annual Tony Awards viewing party in Los Angeles where he was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Rocky Horror Picture Show star looked dapper in a black and white suit while posing for a few photos on the red carpet. "I'm doing well and I'm looking forward to it," Curry told Los Angeles Magazine about receiving the award Sunday night. "I've done a few benefits for the Actors Fund and I think it's a marvelous organization. I hope not to have to use »
Little orphan Annie is all grown up! There was a touching "Annie" reunion at the Actors Fund's 19th Annual Tony Awards Viewing party on Sunday in Los Angeles. Aileen Quinn (Annie) joined her costar Tim Curry (the evil Rooster Hannigan) at the event, where he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. It's been 33 years since the beloved 1982 musical hit the big screen -- and it's been that long since these two have seen each other. "He was so caring and nurturing. I know he's known for these crazy, wild, evil characters, but offscreen, he was so kind to me," Aileen told MovieFone on the red carpet. "He would protect me and hold my hand real tight during stunt work. He would ask, 'Are you nervous?' He was so sweet. I can't wait to give him a big hug." Tim suffered a stroke two years ago, and while his speech has slowed, »
- tooFab Staff
Tim Curry, who played the demonic Pennywise the Clown in ABC's 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's "It," addressed the developing remake/second iteration of King's epic novel in an interview with Moviefone Sunday night at an event where he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Actor's Fund. There's not much to it, so I'll include the full text from Moviefone's article: He also wished "good luck" to Will Poulter ("We're the Millers"), who's been cast as the new Pennywise the clown in the upcoming remake of Stephen King's "It," a role Curry played to perfection in the 1990 mini-series. "It's a wonderful part," Curry said of Stephen King's unforgettable evil clown, who terrorizes a group of children. When I mentioned that a lot of people consider Curry's Pennywise a tough act to follow, the actor humbly said, "I don't know about that." It should be »
- Chris Eggertsen
Tim Curry attended a Tony Awards Viewing Party in Los Angeles, marking a rare public appearance since suffering a stroke three years ago. Tim Curry Makes Rare Public Appearance Since Stroke Curry, who was awarded the Actors Fund Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tony Awards event, has kept a low profile since his stroke that […]
The post Tim Curry Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award At Tony Awards Viewing Party After Stroke appeared first on uInterview. »
- Olivia Truffaut-Wong
Congrats to Tim Curry, who made a rare public appearance Sunday night in Los Angeles to accept an award. It was one of the first times the beloved "Rocky Horror Picture Show" star has been in the public eye since a 2012 stroke left him in a wheelchair.
The 69-year-old star may not be the same energetic force we remember as "sweet transvestite" Frank-n-Furter, but he told Moviefone he's "very lucky" to be honored by his peers. "It feels amazing. I feel very lucky," he said of accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Actors Fund.
He also wished "good luck" to Will Poulter ("We're the Millers"), who's been cast as the new Pennywise the clown in the upcoming remake of Stephen King's "It," a role Curry played to perfection in the 1990 mini-series. "It's a wonderful part," Curry said of Stephen King's unforgettable evil clown, who terrorizes a group of children. »
- Sharon Knolle
The feature adaptation of Stephen King's It hit a pretty substantial setback recently, leaving fans of the novel to wonder if the horror story will ever see the proper adaptation it deserves. Author Stephen King's reaction to It's death is as on point as we might expect, as the writer not only acknowledges the film's demise, but also calls our minds back to Tim Curry's brilliantly chilling portrayal of Pennywise the Clown. The remake of It may be dead--or undead--but we'll always have Tim Curry. He's still floating down in the sewers of Derry.. Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 25, 2015 They all float down here. Anyone else having a terrifying Pennywise flashback right about now? Thanks Stephen King! Published in 1986, Stephen King's It is set in two time periods (the 1950s and the 1980s) and centers on a group of friends who faced an evil shapeshifting entity as children, and »
With Cary Fukunaga's departure from the film adaptation of Stephen King's "It" over the holiday weekend, fans were still holding out slim hope that the film (or rather, films) might still carry forward. That hope is now gone as The Wrap has confirmed that the project has been pushed indefinitely.
The site goes into detail about the fallout. "It" was originally set up at Warner Bros. before moving to its New Line branch in recent weeks and with that move came budget cuts despite having greenlit the first film at $30 million.
Fukunaga expressing a strong desire to film in New York, something the studio didn't want. The poor showing this past weekend for the "Poltergeist" remake, which featured a clown in its marketing materials, also did not help. Neither has the poor track record of films starring children that are marketed to an adult audience.
With production a month off, »
- Garth Franklin
Well, so much for that. "True Detective" director Cary Fukunaga has dropped out of New Line's planned two-part adaptation of "It," forcing the studio to push the project indefinitely, according to The Wrap. Here's Stephen King's reaction to the news: The remake of It may be dead--or undead--but we'll always have Tim Curry. He's still floating down in the sewers of Derry. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 25, 2015 So what happened? Try everything. (Yes, even the "Poltergeist" remake could be a factor!) Here's a handy list of rumored reasons for the split. 1. Budget While New Line greenlit the first "It" installment at a reported $30 million, they allegedly cut the budget over Fukunaga's protests. 2. Location Fukunaga reportedly wanted to shoot the film in New York, despite the studio's wish to shoot in a more cost-effective location (read: one with generous tax incentives). (See: Reason #1.) 3. Studio change "It" was originally set up at Warner Bros., »
- Chris Eggertsen
With cameras set to start rolling in three weeks, things are looking dire for the two-part big screen adaption of Stephen King’s It, with reports from The Hollywood Reporter revealing that True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga has vacated the director’s chair, citing creative differences over the budget of the planned movies between Fukunaga and New Line Cinema. The project was then kicked while it was down with a tweet from King stating that the project was dead, or at the very least not going ahead at New Line. The remake of It may be dead--or undead--but we'll always have Tim Curry. He's still floating down in the sewers of Derry. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 25, 2015 Will Poulter (The Maze Runner) was recently cast as evil clown Pennywise, famously brought to life by Tim Curry in the 90’s mini series, which followed a group of childhood friends reuniting years later »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fukunaga and studio New Line could not agree on the film's budget, a dispute that "stem[med] from a difference in creative visions." Per THR:
Insiders say that New Line had greenlit the movie at $30 million (the second part would have had a larger budget) and that Fukunaga's drafts were coming in at a higher number. Even with the start of principal photography approaching, the script was still being reworked.
Execs, producers and the director realized they were at an impasse and would not make their start date. Fukunaga decided to leave the project, which has now been pushed indefinitely.
THR went on to say that Fukunaga and New Line reportedly had a rocky relationship from the start, »
- Katie Roberts
The new adaptation of Stephen King's horror tale It has hit a major snag, as director Cary Fukunaga ("True Detective," Jane Eyre) has left the project. The Wrap broke the news, reporting Fukunaga and New Line came to a passing of the ways about the film. Fukunaga reportedly was unhappy with the film's budget issues - issues he felt would put a damper on his ability to make the film as he saw fit. It had been prepped for a summer start, with The Maze Runner star Will Poulter set to play the villainous Pennywise the Clown. The film was envisioned as a two-parter, with part one focused on the children from the King novel and part two focused on the grown-up versions of said kids, following their lives with a story that begins 30 years earlier as the group comes together over summer break to take on the monster that's haunting their town, »
- Cory Woodroof
New Line Cinema's remake of Stephen King's 'It' has been indefinitely pushed back. Production on the movie based on the 1986 horror novel by the acclaimed author was scheduled to start in three weeks' time, but the scripted had not been finished and director Cary Fukunaga has left the project. King responded to the news by referencing Tim Curry's performance in the 1990 TV mini-series, writing on Twitter: ''The remake of It may be dead--or undead--but we'll always have Tim Curry. He's still floating down in the sewers of Derry.'' The news comes shortly after it was revealed London-born actor Will Poulter, 22, was is in negotiations to play the part of Pennywise, the film's evil monster. Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn were both also considered for the Pennywise role, before the film studio decided to opt for a younger actor. Initially, New Line planned to split the novel over two feature films, »
The complex story involves a group of friends being terrorized by the sewer-dwelling harlequin, both as children and finally as adults when they reunite to battle the menace that tainted their lives.
Producers New Line were reportedly blocking Fukunaga’s wish to make two films based on the chunky tome. A lengthy TV version famously floated in during the early Nineties, starring Tim Curry as the floppy-shoed nemesis.
Rising star Will Poulter was being courted to play the new Pennywise. KatzSmith (Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg) are producing with Dan Lin and Roy Lee. They’ll be dealing with the fallout from the loss of Fukunaga, whose eerie visuals for HBO’s True Detective made him a strong choice to bring King’s world to life. »
- Steve Palace
Ah, now this wasn't the plan. For some time now, director Cary Fukunaga has been attached to direct the new big screen take on Stephen King's It. It this time is being turned into a pair of films, and Will Poulter was recently cast as the man having to measure up to Tim Curry's terrific performance as Pennywise the Clown in the new project.
But there's been a problem. Just three weeks before production on the two films was set to begin, Fukunaga has left the project. Our old chum 'creative differences' have been cited. The Hollywood Reporter describes the problem more specifically as "budgetary reasons that stem from a difference on creative visions". In short, the script drafts were getting more and more expensive.
Whether Fukunaga walked, or was pushed, »
Cary Fukunaga was going to film Pennywise the clown's Derry-based reign of terror this summer, but it's now been revealed that Fukunaga has left the director's chair of New Line's adaptation of Stephen King's It, with principal photography delayed as a result.
TheWrap reports the news of Fukunaga's departure from It, revealing that the True Detective director felt creatively compromised as the film approached the start of filming in mid-June. Production on the It movie is now postponed and it's not certain how soon Fukunaga will be replaced or when production on the project will move forward.
Warner Bros. subsidiary New Line Cinema (which took on the It film last May) recently requested budget cuts on the adaptation of Stephen King's It (initially approved for a $30 million budget) and are strongly considering trimming the project down to one film, which conflicted with Fukunaga and Chase Palmer's ambitious two-movie screenplay adaptation of the epic 1986 novel. »
- Derek Anderson
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