NEWS: IT is sinking

A film production of Stephen King's epic novel, IT
-- True scares
-- Theaters
-- Big budget
-- Tight editing
-- Not television!

. . . is it too good to be true?  Maybe.

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that New Line Cinema has indefinitely cut production on IT. EW says that director Cary Fukunaga reps say that he has left the project.

I've grown leery of remakes in recent days.  In fact, I opted not to see Poltergeist this weekend because reviews were -- it's just not scary.  Bu IT wasn't just another remake; it truly was a re envisioning of the Novel.  The previous work had been for television; a worthy effort, but Pennywise has always belonged more on the big screen.

So of all the Stephen King projects that I was really excited about coming to the big screen, I was excited about this one.  And the Dark Tower.  While the novel is slowly dating itself, the movie promised to bring an update to the story.  


  1. The only problem I have is the idea that a book locked in a specific timeline is "dated", and therefore "unreadable". If that were the case then there'd be no point in reading Huck Finn, or a single work of Dickens.

    I'm also growing leery of modern remakes, yet I've also supplemented it by digging up some old Hollywood classics like the Marx Brothers here and there.

    While it's too bad there won't be an It remake, I'd also leave open the possibility that it could be done on the small screen, maybe even as a four season TV series.

    Who knows, William Goldman (Misery) said "In Hollywood, nobody knows nothing", so let's just keep our fingers crossed.

  2. I wouldn't have a problem with a new movie updating the timeline to a modern-day setting. But I also don't see why a studio would need to be scared of the movie being set in the past; market the movie correctly and nobody would care or even know WHEN it's set.

    Alas, it looks like this particular movie is dead, dead, dead. It's a miracle any good movies ever get made at all, I suspect.

    I'd like to see this metamorphose into a series on HBO.

  3. On a bit of a plus side, it seems 11/22/63 has started production:

    I bring this up because (a) while it's not a guarantee, but considering that the first half of the story is set in Derry at or around the time of the events of It, and if the producers do decide to utilize that setting, it means that (b) modern audiences could get their first taste of a prime King setting in two whole decades and (c) if it's a success, that could lead (however unlikely) to Hollywood going with a more faithful It adaptation!

    Just some food for thought.