It has been an interesting week for the latest film adaptation of Stephen King's It to say the least. Primarily, Cary Fukunuga departed the two part saga, following a move from Warner Bros, to New Line. He blamed "creative differences" as a reason for his sudden departure, along with budget cuts, which are understandably frustrating for a director. The latest rumor out of the mill is that the film could be moving home; Warner Bros. are now likely to produce the film, along with a new director.
Bloody Disgusting claim the film is heading to Warner Bros. Studios, and although they are using his two scripts, Fukunuga is not involved.
The 1980s set first adaptation of King's novel features a killer clown terrorizing innocent children, and the second film is set to stay along the same storyline, but set in the present day, as the children have to once more defeat the evil they once feared.
What's interesting about this move is that one of the reasons given for Fukunuga's departure was that he wasn't given permission to shoot in New York. Whereas, with Warner Bros., the film is set to shoot in the Big Apple once they hire a new director.
There certainly won't be many directors that could fill his the clown shoes of Fukunuga, but James Wan or Ti West should be considered for the top job.
Whilst we'll never see a Fukunuga-directed It, we are likely to see a revised version of his screenplay, so prepare for a chilling Warner Bros adaptation folks...