Warner Bros. has officially set release dates for two of their major franchise rebooks: Dax Shepard‘s R-rated revamp of the beloved 1980s tv series CHiPs, and Andy Muscetti's remake of the classic Stephen King adaptation It.
The CHiPs reboot offers a more serious take on the original source material, having been touted as an action comedy in the vein of Lethal Weapon and Bad Boys. In addition to directing, Shepard serves as writer and star in the film, taking over Larry Wilcox’s role of Officer Jon Baker. The very talented Michael Peña co-stars as Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, the role originated by Erik Estrada. The film's cast will also include Adam Brody, Ryan Hansen, Jessica McNamee, and Kristen Bell.
As for this new take on It, Beasts of No Nation's Carey Fukanaga was originally set to write and direct, with Will Poulter in talks to take on the iconic role of Pennywise. However, Fukanaga wound up dropping off the project after a series of creative disagreements with the studio, New Line.
The film now has Mama director Andy Muscetti on board to direct with Gary Doberman reworking the script. It's still unclear whether or not the studio plans to keep Poulter in the role of Pennywise, but they are definitely maintaining the original two-film structure, which will see the characters face off against the monstrous clown as children in the first then catch up with them as adults in the sequel. Producer Roy Lee recently spoke with Collider, saying that the studio is hoping to begin production this year, so, hopefully, we can look forward to some more official casting and plot details in the near future. He also verified that the film will indeed be rated R, as it should be.
CHiPs is scheduled to hit theaters on August 11, 2017, while Andy Muscetti‘s It remake will land on September 7, 2017.