Hot on the heels of the True Detective finale (and the attendant debate) comes news that series director Cory Fukunaga has signed on to direct a remake of Stephen King’s IT.
Of course, this is not the first time IT has seen a screen treatment, but I was still excited to see this news because I think Fukunaga is a talented director, and because IT, to my thinking, has never been properly adapted. The TV miniseries scared me as a kid—because CLOWNS—but it features some overbroad acting, and didn’t really come close to capturing the true creepiness and wonder of King’s novel. I’m excited to see what Fukunaga can do with the material.
Stephen King has always had uneven luck with adaptations—good on the page, mediocre to bad on the screen has seemed to be the general rule. (With a few notable exceptions, of course: The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and Misery, to name a handful.) But it’s been a good run for news of promising Stephen King adaptations lately: first it was the rumored Dark Tower movies, now news of this IT adaptation.