Cary Fukunaga is a name back on the lips of fans; whether that’s because of the release of the trailer for True Detective season 3, Fukunaga having directed the seminal first season, or due to the fact that his Netflix limited series Maniac, which stars Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, and looks all kinds of terrific, is set to bow on September 21st.
However, it’s a bio which could have also listed him as the director of the biggest grossing horror film of all time, Stephen King’s It, but he left the production two weeks before cameras were set to roll, retaining only a writing credit on Andy Muschietti’s blockbuster, and the filmmaker has opened up in an interview with GQ about why he departed Derry.
Fukunaga left the film before shooting because he felt the studio were treating him like he might go rogue.
“I think it was fear on their part, that they couldn’t control me,” states Fukunaga, claims which the Beasts of No Nation director says were completely unfounded: “They thought they couldn’t control me. I would have been a total collaborator. That was the kind of ridiculous part. It was just more a perception. I have never seen a note and been like, Fuck you guys. No way. It’s always been a conversation.”
Neither party seems to have suffered too badly, with It grossing $700 million at the global box-office, and Fukunaga ending his four year exile with a return to the small screen, where he has already left such an indelible imprint with scenes such as True Detective’s fourth episode shootout, and the award winning hunt for The Yellow King.