Beep beep Richie!
The It reboot has experienced its fair share of production drama. Originally, this film was set to be True Detective director Cary Fukunaga’s baby. Fukunaga had planned on creating a two-part It reboot. He was set to write and direct both films, so he could bring his unique take on this Stephen King adaptation. Unfortunately, three weeks before the film was to begin shooting Fukunaga left the project due to creative differences with New Line.
In an interview with Variety he had this to say:
“I was trying to make an unconventional horror film. It didn’t fit into the algorithm of what they knew they could spend and make money back on based on not offending their standard genre audience. Our budget was perfectly fine. We were always hovering at the $32 million mark, which was their budget. It was the creative that we were really battling. It was two movies. They didn’t care about that. In the first movie, what I was trying to do was an elevated horror film with actual characters. They didn’t want any characters. They wanted archetypes and scares. I wrote the script. They wanted me to make a much more inoffensive, conventional script. But I don’t think you can do proper Stephen King and make it inoffensive.
When this news dropped a few months ago I was pretty bummed out. I’m not a huge fan of It by any means but I absolutely love Fukunaga’s work. The directorial style and vision he brought to the first season of True Detective is what made that season so successful (and why the second season was much less so). So when he discussed the vision he had for an unconventional adaptation of It I was 100% on board. However once the partnership between Fukunaga and New Line fell apart I wasn’t quite sure if any thing would come from this apparent failed reboot.
However, it has been revealed that Andy Muscietti (Mama)is set to direct the reboot and that Fukunaga’s script has been rewritten. In an interview with Collider producer Roy Lee had this to say about the project:
“It will hopefully be shooting later this year. We just got the California tax credit… Gary Doberman wrote the most recent draft working with Andy Muscetti, so it’s being envisioned as two movies.”
Later in the interview he confirmed that the film would indeed by rated R, and that they are still placing the finishing touches on the script.
I have to say I am still pretty disappointed that Fukunaga is not going to be the one to helm this project. From the sounds of it Fukunaga was setting out to make a fairly original horror film, where as the studio wanted something much more conventional. But that is the problem with the majority of modern horror films, they are almost all the same and rely on cheap scares and underdeveloped characters.
The horror genre is in a rut right now. Like comedy, it is one of the hardest genres to get right. I can count on one hand the number of horror films to come out in the last decade that I actually consider to be quality movies. From the sounds of this reboot, it seems it is going to fall into the same trappings as other cheaply made horror, and that is a shame. New Line is really going to need to do a good job of selling this film to me before I get on board again.