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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 »
- email@example.com (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
True Detective director Cary Fukunaga has decided to part ways with the planned two-film adaptation of Stephen King's It. Fukunaga announced at a Tribeca Film Festival panel in April that he would begin shooting the big screen version of It this summer, but the Wrap now reports that the director abruptly departed the film after clashing with New Line over the film's budget and shooting locations.
The Wrap is reporting the sources close to New Line's upcoming reboot of Stephen King's It say that Cary Fukunaga is out as director, despite having written two scripts for the planned shoot with co-scripter Chase Palmer. Many reasons have been cited for the True Detective helmer's sudden exit from the planned diptych of films, with New Line's demands for budget cuts being the most prominent excuse given. The budget cuts would almost certainly have included Fukunaga moving the setting of his film out of New York City, which is rather notorious for its pricey shooting permits. That being said, sources also said that the project's move from Warner Bros. to New Line was also a deciding factor in Fukunaga leaving, likely moving on to pursue his Joe and Jadin Bell film over at A24, as well as prep his miniseries take on Caleb Carr's excellent "The Alienist." [caption id="attachment_171886" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via ABC[/caption] »
- Chris Cabin
Emmy-winning True Detective director Fukunaga had been developing the project as two movies, with one focusing on children and the second with those characters as adults.
Those plans are now unlikely to proceed because Fukunaga quit the It remake this past weekend, reports The Wrap.
Fukunaga was apparently at odds with studio New Line over his plan to split It into two films and his desire to shoot in New York this summer.
It is not yet known if the project will move forward with a new director in its current form or be revamped from the bottom up. »
New Line’s feature adaptation of Stephen King’s “It” has lost its director.
“It” was set to be split up into two films, and sources say New Line was considering making only one movie due to budget concerns. Fukunaga, however, was adamant about making two pics. They could not agree on a budget, causing Fukunaga to clash with the studio.
Production was originally set to move forward this summer, but is now stalled.
Fukunaga came on board to the project in 2012, when it was set up at Warner Bros. before moving to New Line. »
- Alex Stedman
Of all the memorable imagery in 1985′s Legend, none stand out more than Tim Curry’s portrayal of the Lord of Darkness. Although the film turns 30 this year, Rob Bottin’s special effects makeup still look fresh. Given the 30th anniversary, Fright-Rags – one of my favourite t-shirt companies – is paying tribute to Ridley Scott’s cult classic with a collection of new shirts.
Three of the top names working in horror art today – Justin Osbourn, Christopher Lovell and Nathan Thomas Milliner – each offer a unique take on the iconic devil. All three designs are available on unisex tees or girls shirts, check the designs out below:
The Legend collection is available for pre-order from Fright-Rags now. »
- Phil Wheat
Although best known for his comedic roles, Poulter has shown a willingness to take on a diverse range of movies. He appeared in last year’s The Maze Runner, and will also be in Oscar-winner Alejandro G. Innaritu’s hotly-anticpated The Revenant, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, so should be up for the challenge of portraying the rather terrifying jester.
Variety reported that he was up against Ben Mandelsohn and Mark Rylance for the role, but that Fukunaga was “blown away” by Poulter’s audition.
The script, penned by Fukunaga and Chase Palmer, »
- James Hunt
There's nothing scarier than a demented, child-killing, sewer-dwelling clown. So rather than follow in the footsteps of the 1990 miniseries version of Stephen King's terror tome, starring a creepy Tim Curry in the role of Pennywise, Cary Fukunaga is going young. Variety reports that New Line and Fukunaga have cast Will Poulter, 22, as the titular demon that haunts a group of seven outcast friends. Fukunaga reportedly considered older actors like stage thesp Mark Rylance and "Bloodline" star Ben Mendelsohn for the part, but were "blown away by Poulter's audition." The British actor broke out in New Line's "We're the Millers," starred in "The Maze Runner" and will soon be seen in Alejandro González Iñárritu's dark western "The Revenant" as a robber who leaves Leonardo DiCaprio for dead. Production is slated to begin this Summer on Fukunaga's two-part "It," which the busy 37-year-old director assures »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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- Scott Beggs
Variety reports that the young actor is set to take on the role of the villainous clown, who was previously brought to life in an iconic turn by Tim Curry in a 1990 television miniseries. According to the trade, 22-year-old Poulter seems like an odd choice on the surface, but the actor -- known mainly for his comedic supporting role in 2013's "We're the Millers" -- reportedly nailed his audition, and "Fukunaga could not say no."
While an older actor was initially considered for the part (Variety writes that Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn were also in the running), distributor New Line decided to bet on Poulter instead. That's in line with Fukunaga's vision for the flick, which Variety reports "will stay true to the King story »
- Katie Roberts
According to Variety, 22-year-old British actor Will Poulter (The Revenant, Son of Rambow, The Maze Runner, The Chronicles of Narnia, We’re the Millers) has been cast as Pennywise the clown in New Line's remake of It, which will be directed by Cary Fukunaga. Tim Curry terrified an entire generation back in 1991 when he played the murderous demon, who disguised himself as a clown to lure children to their doom. Apparently older actors such as Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn were considered initially, but after being blown away by Poulter's audition New Line and Fukunaga decided to go a different route. Fukunaga also penned the screenplay along with Chase Palmer, and Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg will produce through their KatzSmith banner. The plan is to split King's 900 page novel into two films. »
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