A new version of It had entered development a couple years ago with Cary Fukunaga co-writing and directing, but as the project continued, the filmmaker departed due to creative differences. Now Mama director Andy Muscietti has been brought on board to direct the film which has been revealed to start filming this year.
Collider recently spoke with producer Roy Lee and confirmed that Fukanaga and Chase Palmer‘s original script has been rewritten.
“It will hopefully be shooting later this year. We just got the California tax credit… Gary Doberman wrote the most recent draft working with Andy Muscetti, so it’s being envisioned as two movies.”
The plan was to make two films, the first revolving around the characters as kids and the second continuing the story as the characters now adults.
“It is very close to the source material in one way but very different if you look at it as a literary piece of work… We’re taking it and making the movie from the point of view of the kids, and then making another movie from the point of view of the adults, that could potentially then be cut together like the novel. But it’s gonna be a really fun way of making this movie.
Lee went on to confirm that the film will be Rated-R and adds that their currently tuning the script to fit the budget.
“We are very close to turning in the final draft of the script. It’s mainly working on it for budgeting purposes to make it fit within the budget that we have.”