by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Once New Line parted ways with director Cary Fukunaga on the upcoming IT remake, the studio was in the hunt for another director – and it looks like they’ve found their man.
Andres Muschietti (also called Andy Muschietti), director of the horror film Mama (and the short film it was based on) has been tapped to helm the feature film adaptation of the Stephen King novel according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film is still said to be set up as a two film project, which is a little strange. One of the reasons Fukunaga reportedly split from the film is that they wanted one film while he wanted a film for both the protagonists as children and adults. No word yet as to whether that’s where this adaptation is headed. They could jump back and forth between the timelines for the duration of both films.
New Line is now also looking for a new screenwriter for the project, to bring Muscietti’s vision to life. The original screenplay was co-written by Fukunaga and Chase Palmer.
Will Poulter (We’re The Millers) was rumored to have scored the coveted role of Pennywise, but that doesn’t hold water anymore. He may be asked to come back, if the new director likes what he sees and Poulter’s schedule permits it. But nothing is set in stone yet.
The Cary Fukunaga version was supposed to start filming this past month. No word yet on when production of Muschuetti’s version may begin.