Two months ago, New Line’s long-gestating Hollywood adaptation of Stephen King’s It endured a heavy blow when the production lost its visionary director Cary Fukunaga due to a budgeting disagreement. Now, as Variety reports, the film has a new director and that terrifying honor goes to Andrés Muschietti.
Muschietti’s resume is slim, to say the least, but his big credit as of now is 2013’s Mama. The forgettable horror film did star Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain in addition to Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, but proved somewhat polarizing with critics as it currently holds a 65% on Rotten Tomatoes.
It’s not the most ideal replacement, but here’s hoping that Muschietti swings hard for the fences for what will be his sophomore effort. He’ll be supported by producers Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, Dan Lin, and Roy Lee, in addition to executive producer Jon Silk. Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter will oversee for New Line and Niija Kuykendall for Warner Bros.
In related news, Sony’s adaptation of King’s The Dark Tower series has also found a new director in Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair). He’ll be working with Anders Thomas Jensen to rewrite the script, which was previously pieced together by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. Who’s taking bets on how long either of these names will last the King Curse?
Then again, 11/22/63 keeps chugging along with ease for Hulu. Ka really is a wheel.