For a long time, an adaptation of Stephen King’s IT was being developed by director Carey Fukunaga (“True Detective”) as a two-part feature film, but he left the project over Memorial Day weekend leaving New Line Pictures and producers Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith and Jeffrey Katzenberg scrambling to find a new director.
Now comes word from The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision that Andy Muschietti, director of the 2013 breakout horror hit Mama, produced by Guillermo del Toro and starring Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, is in talks to take over the directorial reins.
Originally meant to start shooting in June, the production was delayed when Fukunaga dropped out and when Muschietti’s deal is closed, New Line will find a writer to work on the script with him, maintaining the plan to release the movie in two parts.
It seems like actor Will Poulter (We’re the Millers) may no longer be attached to the project to play the evil clown entity Pennywise due to scheduling issues, but they could very well go back to him after finalizing the new script.
At one point, Muschietti was attached to the direct Universal’s upcoming remake of The Mummy, but that project will happen with or without him.