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.