IT lost Cary Fukunaga

These are terrible news.

Cary Fukunaga, director of the great True Detective, has abandoned the live action adaptation of Stephen King’s IT. The highly anticipated horror movie will not move forward this summer as expected and New Line will now have to look for another director to helm the film which already has The Maze Runner’s Will Poulter.

Sources of The Wrap tell that Fukunaga recently clashed with the studio and refused to compromised his artistic vision in the wake of the budget cuts demanded by New Line.

The studio lost a true genious and probably one of the few directors who could crack this nut. It is hard to put on the big screen, the novel is one of Stephen King’s more violent creations, but Fukunaga’s vision was something good. The director was supposed to make two movies. One the films would feature the central characters as children, while the other was supposed to continue their quest to defend Pennywise as adults.

New Line’s actual goal is to release one long movie, instead of two feature films. It seemed that the Poltergeist remake’s opening weekend didn’t bring any confidence to the studio since a clown was among their marketing materials. They cut the budget and Fukunaga’s ambitious plans (such as filming in New York City) were buried.
Roy Lee, Dan Lin and Doug Davison are producing “It” with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg, while Niija Kuykendall, Dave Neustadter and Walter Hamada had been overseeing the project for Warner Bros. and New Line. Fukunaga wrote scripts for two “It” movies along with Chase Palmer.

It’s New Line’s loss.

Source: The Wrap

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