Cary Fukunaga has directed some amazing movies over his young career, including the very surprising adaptation of Jane Eyre as well as the fantastic Sin Nombre. While film lovers know him from those movies, the rest of the world is discovering his brilliance in the current HBO television series True Detective. Next up might be his biggest project yet – the big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s It.
Fukunaga has been rumored for Stephen King’s It since 2012, actually attached to direct it, but things have been silent on that front. It might be that he was busy with things like True Detective and his next movie, Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba. Now, it looks like his time may be coming.
Cary Fukunaga is writing and directing Stephen King’s It for me, and I’m really excited for that,” said producer Dan Lin. “So I’m hoping that’ll be his next movie after the indie he’s shooting in Africa. So I love what he did with True Detective. I think it’s a great sample for Stephen King’s It. So I’m really excited about that.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Stephen King’s It was adapted, although the last time it was a miniseries for ABC in 1990, the first television miniseries based on King’s work. It starred a number of TV stars in the lead roles (Night Court‘s Harry Anderson, Three’s Company‘s John Ritter and The Waltons‘ Richard Thomas among the group) and had a very memorable performance by Tim Curry as Pennywise.
Honestly, the best thing about the mini series for Stephen King’s It was Tim Curry.
However, after seeing how amazing True Detective has been, and adding in the quality of his past work, I am very excited to see what Cary Fukunaga can do with Stephen King’s It. I don’t know about breaking it down into one movie, although it can be done if the very interesting back story of the characters was eliminated, but that would hurt the effectiveness of the story.
What are your thoughts? Can Stephen King’s It be made properly as a stand alone movie? Is Cary Fukunaga the man who can pull it off? Chime in below with your thoughts.