After some initial delays and switchups in direction, an official release date for the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s It has been announced. New Line and Warner Bros. have confirmed that the film will be released on September 18, 2017, barring any further delays. When the project was first proposed, director Cary Fukunaga had been attached–but that relationship fell out, apparently because the studio had problems with Fukunaga’s script and deemed it “offensive.”
In the wake of Fukunaga’s departure, director Andy Muschietti has signed on. Muschietti is no stranger to the horror genre, having directed 2013’s Mama with Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Several news outlets had originally reported that the project was in need of a writer to come on and officially adapt King’s novel, but given that production is scheduled to start this summer it sounds like that’s been taken care of.
As far as casting is concerned, however, the project may still be lacking an actor to play the terrifying clown Pennywise–original actor Will Poulter has dropped out due to a “scheduling conflict”.
Like fellow TMSer Carolyn, I’ve been a huge fan of Stephen King, with It being one of my favorites–but I recognize that there are definitely problematic storylines within in his writing, especially in that novel. We’ll have to see exactly what Muschietti’s vision for the adaptation will entail and how those scenes in particular will be handled now that the project is definitely moving forward.
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