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08 June 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Two Films Of Stephen King's It Planned

Much like the titular creature featured in the story, the idea of adapting Stephen King’s It into a film just keeps coming back. The most recent emergence from the news sewer was back in 2009, when Warner Bros. nabbed the rights to the story and began developing it as a single movie. But now Jane Eyre director Cary Fukunaga is on board and has plans to make it as a two-film franchise.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fukunaga is set to co-write the script with Chase Palmer. Because of the size of the book and the sheer weight of plot, they’ve decided that it really needs to be two movies. Given that Jane Eyre is unquestionably literary but involves a) things that go bump in the night and b) fire, the choice of director is perhaps a more obvious fit that it first appears - and Fukunaga's already shown himself to be something of a genre-hopper.

If you’ve never cracked open the original 1986 tome or seen the Tim Curry-starring TV movie, It finds a group of kids called the Losers Club encountering the beastly horror that preys on children. Often taking the form of a clown called Pennywise, the monster causes trouble for the friends before they eventually appear to vanquish it. Until, that is, the danger reappears years later and the kids, now grown, are called back into action. But their memories of the original encounter take a while to surface…

There’s no word yet on when this will kick off shooting, assuming It makes it to production. But probably best avoid clowns in the meantime, just in case.


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Child sex?
It's all very well people saying that the screenwriters ought to stick to the source material but that would involve what amounts to a child gang-bang and I somehow think there would be serious issues in trying to get that on-screen. Some things simply have to be changed. More

Posted by Rectifier at 22:41 on 09 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: It Must Be Two For Warners
So if the villain is Pennywise, who's "the titular creature"? The creature is IT a thing that can transform into whatever scares the crap out you the most be it spiders or even Michael Landon from I Was A Teenage Werewolf. Pennywise is merely the transformation of IT into something that scares kids that hate clowns. More

Posted by andrewgc at 12:18 on 09 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: English is hard
L: RGHunt57 So if the villain is Pennywise, who's "the titular creature"? he creature is IT - a entity that can form itself into whatever scares you the most be it spiders, Michael Landon from I Was A Teenage Werewolf. Pennywise is merely the form it takes to scare the crap out of you if you hate clowns. More

Posted by andrewgc at 12:16 on 09 June 2012 | Report This Post

It With A Silent "Sh"
Yeah, can't be any worse than the 1990 TV version, although Tim Curry was very good in it. All the camp he normally does went out the window and he was really creepy in it (still not sure about the giant spider though, it's all a bit Jon Peters.) More

Posted by BenTramer at 11:17 on 09 June 2012 | Report This Post

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Surely this can't be any worse than the cringefest version already committed to film starring John-boy from the Waltons? More

Posted by Hands Randall at 18:01 on 08 June 2012 | Report This Post

Stick To The Book or Get Some New King Material!
Hope they stick more closely to the book as some of the more grisly bits were missing...vampire with razor blade teeth anyone? It was a decent enough book but adding in some of this would break up the malaise a little. Salem's Lot was always his best in my opinion, not sure this is necessary really. I'd like to see KIng expand on The Lot mythology like with One For The Road short. More

Posted by Fozola at 13:27 on 08 June 2012 | Report This Post

Hopefully they change the ending. Also no underage gangbangs please, it ruined the book. More

Posted by sanchia at 09:05 on 08 June 2012 | Report This Post

It certainly seems to be
The titular creature is "IT'. Pennywise is a form "IT" takes on most often. "IT" also takes on other forms. Also the only person who mentions the word villain is you! So you somehow seem to have confused yourself! More

Posted by rob_devitt at 06:31 on 08 June 2012 | Report This Post

English is hard
So if the villain is Pennywise, who's "the titular creature"? More

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