Start keeping an eye on the sewer grates: Next summer, director Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, True Detective) will finally start shooting New Line Cinema’s two-part film adaptation of Stephen King’s It. Producer Dan Lin confirmed the news to Vulture last night at an awards-season party celebrating The Lego Movie.
“The idea is to start official prep in March for a summer shoot,” Lin explained. “Cary likes to develop things for a while, and we’ve been with this for about three or four years, so we’re super excited that he stayed with it. You guys are gonna be really excited.”
King’s original 1986 novel spans 1,138 pages and follows a group of teenage outcasts in Maine dubbed The Losers Club. After defeating the titular shapeshifting monster in their childhood, the teens grow up only to discover “It” has re-emerged from the sewers. Together, they must reunite to take down the evil entity once and for all.
“The book is so epic that we couldn’t tell it all in one movie and service the characters with enough depth,” explained Lin. To cross that bridge, the first film will focus on the protagonists’ teen years, while the second will handle the reunion. And although Fukunaga has only signed on to direct the first film, Lin says they’re “closing a deal to co-write the second.”
Fans should also be pleased to know that King “gave [the project] his blessing,” as Lin confessed: “We didn’t want to make this unless he felt it was the right way to go, and when we sent him the script, the response that Cary got back was, ‘Go with God, please! This is the version the studio should make.’ So that was really gratifying.”
Similar to King’s The Stand, whose latest adaptation recently added some star power, It was originally turned into an ABC miniseries in 1990 starring Tim Curry in the villainous role. Clown colleges across the world were very appreciative.