While Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Stephen King’s sprawling horror epic It has now joined the list of great films that might have been, New Line hasn’t entirely ditched the plans set out by the former True Detective director. The studio is still planning on adapting the novel into two films, with the first focusing on the characters as children and the second following them as adults. And though we still mourn what Fukunaga’s version could have been, take solace in knowing that New Line is at least targeting an R rating.
Andres Muschietti’s Mama was a surprise horror hit when it arrived back in 2013. Produced by Guillermo del Toro, the ghost story hit theaters in January, a notorious wasteland where studios tend to dump their iffier prospects. But the film earned some great word-of-mouth and went on to make $146 million worldwide, making news of a sequel not all that surprising. Muschietti won’t be back to direct, but Universal has found a very talented pair of filmmakers to take his place.
This is either good or sort of disappointing news, depending on how much you like the 2013 horror film Mama. Director Andres Muschietti has come aboard New Line Cinema’s adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror tome It, replacing previous director Cary Fukunaga and likely replacing much of his script, as well.
It’s been a while since Andy Muschietti crept up on audiences with Mama, and since then, we’ve been curious to see what the director would deliver next. Today brings some particularly exciting news, especially if you’re a well-read fan of Stephen King. Muschietti is attached to direct a big screen adaptation of King’s chilling short story The Jaunt for Brad Pitt’s Plan B productions.
You probably shouldn’t be surprised about new films based on classic cartoons (or board games…or video games…or your childhood toothbrush) because these things have become as inevitable as sequels, or the new trend of mapping out entire franchises before the first film even hits the screen. Today in “That Thing You Vaguely Remember Liking in Your Childhood is Getting a Movie Now,” there are now plans in motion to bring two anime properties to the big screen in live-action format: ‘Astro Boy’ and ‘Robotech.’
The Marvel and 'Star Wars' movie universes have been busy lining up and sorting out directors, but there's another potentially interesting major project that's looking to put a name in the director's chair: Universal is currently seeking a director for 'Snow White and the Huntsman 2,' and the names on their shortlist are intriguing.
Following the success of Universal's horror movie 'Mama,' the studio made its desire to expand the story into a sequel known. Too bad its director, Andres Muschietti, did not want to travel down that rabbit hole, and now he's eyeing his next gig, directing the upcoming reboot of 'The Mummy.'