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.
Just last month we learned that Warner Bros. had turned their attention to Danish director Nikolaj Arcel to helm the first in a planned series of movies based on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Today brings word from Comic-Con 2015 that Arcel has been confirmed for the project, with Danish filmmaker Anders Thomas Jensen on board to co-write a new version of the screenplay with Arcel.
There are always at least a dozen Stephen King adaptations in the works, and right now there are plenty, including Hulu’s 11/22/63 series, the multi-film adaptation of The Stand with a tie-in TV series at Showtime, and It — which is still moving forward with Cary Fukunaga’s script, but without Fukunaga directing. There have also been remakes of King adaptations, including the recent update of Carrie. But if you thought that one was disappointing, then you haven’t heard about this Cujo “remake.”
Last week came the news that director Cary Fukanaga had left Warner Bros.’ upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s IT following “creative differences” over the film. It wasn’t entirely surprising news (Fukanaga has a reputation for being an exacting and demanding director with little experience in the studio system), but it left the project in a state of limbo. We’ve since heard conflicting the reports — The project is dead! No wait, it’s not dead! Hold on, it’s dead again! — but as the studio figures out what they want to do, we can now take a look at what they almost did.
For better or worse, the ambitious adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series is still alive and well and defying everyone who said that bringing this thing to the screen was impossible. In fact, producers Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman have seemingly found a director for the first film in this western/horror/fantasy/science fiction epic and it’s ... Well, let’s just say it’s not someone you would have guessed.
The other day we learned that Cary Fukunaga had departed the two-part big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s It, following a move from Warner Bros. to New Line. The reason given for his departure was the standard “creative differences” along with reported budget cuts. The latest rumor about the film is definitely interesting: It has moved back over to Warner Bros., which is currently seeking a new director to move ahead with the project.
With production set to begin this summer, Cary Fukunaga has exited the director’s chair on the major two-film adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel It. While it’s definitely disappointing news, it’s not entirely surprising given that Fukunaga recently signed on to direct another film and he’s got a TNT miniseries in the pipeline.
If Stephen King wrote it, chances are it will become a movie. King’s next project to head to the big screen is In the Tall Grass, a short story he wrote with his son, fellow author Joe Hill. Vincenzo Natali, best known for films like Cube and Splice, is writing and directing the adaptation, and although his last film wasn’t all that impressive, Natali’s visual talents should translate well to this particularly chilling tale.
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.
Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It is one seriously ambitious project, and given the massive size and the generation-spanning scope of the novel, it’s hardly surprising (and even something of a relief) that he’s splitting the story into two films. Fukunaga has a lot of work ahead of him, but most challenging will be the casting of Pennywise the clown, the terrifying entity made famous by Tim Curry in the ‘90s miniseries adaptation. Rest assured that Fukunaga isn’t taking that casting lightly.