Warner Brothers plans to adapt Stephen King‘s It as a two-part film. The Hollywood Reporter had the scoop that Jane Eyre director Cary Fukunaga will direct and co-write the adaptation of King’s massive horror novel.
Dune screenwriter Chase Palmer will help with the script, and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith has joined the production team. A television miniseries adaptation of the film scared this GalleyCat editor silly as a kid, but the massive novel could easily fill two films. Wikipedia has a lengthy entry on the excellent novel:
The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by the eponymous inter-dimensional predatory life-form that exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. “It” primarily appears in the form of “Pennywise the Dancing Clown”, described by characters who see It as resembling a combination of Bozo, Clarabell and Ronald McDonald, in order to attract its preferred prey of young children. The novel is told through narratives alternating between two time periods and is largely told in the third-person omniscient mode. It deals with themes which would eventually become King staples: the power of memory, childhood trauma and the ugliness lurking behind a façade of traditional small-town values.
Below, we’ve embedded a YouTube video highlighting the scariest clown moments from the 1990 TV miniseries. Did Tim Curry‘s Pennywise haunt you as a kid?