It seems like a big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s It has been on the cards for an eternity now, but according to producer Dan Lin (The LEGO Movie), the film will go into producer in the summer under director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective).
“The idea is to start official prep in March for a summer shoot,” Lin tells Vulture. “Cary likes to develop things for a while, and we’ve been with this for about three or four years, so we’re super excited that he stayed with it. You guys are gonna be really excited. The book is so epic that we couldn’t tell it all in one movie and service the characters with enough depth. The most important thing is that Stephen King gave us his blessing. We didn’t want to make this unless he felt it was the right way to go, and when we sent him the script, the response that Cary got back was, ‘Go with God, please! This is the version the studio should make.’ So that was really gratifying.”
According to Vulture’s report, “the first film will be a coming-of-age story about the children tormented by It, while the second will skip ahead in time as those same characters band together to continue the fight as adults.”
Fukunaga is signed on to direct the first part only, and is currently in talks to co-write the second part. It is the second King book confirmed for a multi-part adaptation, with Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) also directing a four-part version of The Stand for Warner Bros.