Will Poulter Pennywise

The enduring image from the television adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel It has been Tim Curry as Pennywise the clown. For all the failures of that mini-series, Curry’s Pennywise remains bizarre and frightening. He’s perhaps even more unsettling in still images than in motion, thanks in part to his Buster Poindexter-like approach to the character.

Now, the new version of It, a two-film affair to be directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Beasts of No Nation) will feature a very different vision of Pennywise. This time the clown will be played by Will Poulter, of The Maze Runner, We’re the Millers, and Son of Rambow. And evidently it was the Will Poulter Pennywise audition that swayed the director away from much older actors. Read More »

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Alienist TV series

The director of True Detective is taking on another full TV series — this time a period thriller set in New York City. The Caleb Carr novel The Alienist will be adapted for television, with True Detective and Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga (above, with Matthew McConaughey, who is not attached to this series) in the director’s chair. He and Eric Roth will exec produce, with Hossein Amini (Drive) writing the pilot script and also serving as exec producer. The language of the announcement makes it sound like Fukunaga will direct the entire Alienist TV series, rather than just the pilot.

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Netflix buys Beasts of No Nation

Netflix is rapidly pushing to move from streaming original movies and TV series to putting actual films in theaters, and has now hammered out a deal for a potential 2015 awards season contender.

Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba, is the new film from Cary Fukunaga, who made Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre before taking HBO by storm when he directed the first season of True Detective. Now the company is closing a deal to acquire Fukunaga’s film. “Netflix buys Beasts of No Nation” may not seem like a huge headline, but it marks a decisive evolution in the company’s strategy. Read More »

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When the director of the first two Star Trek films went to another Star-oriented franchise, the world waited to hear who would direct the third new Star Trek film. Dozens of names were floated for Star Trek 3 and then Roberto Orci, a co-producer and writer on the first two films in the series, stepped into the seat. This was a controversial decision. Orci had never directed a film; fans were worried. Fast-forward a few months and Orci is out. He’s still involved as a producer, but he won’t be directing. The search is on once again on for another director.

As Paramount and Bad Robot frantically try and find someone to hit a planned Summer 2016 release date, we figured we’d help. We came up with 15 names who should, could, and actually might direct Star Trek 3. That means anyone who has an obvious film in the pike is out. Anyone who had passed is out and huge Hail Marys like Spielberg, Nolan or Scorsese are out. What’s left is a half wish-list, half possible list of 15 names. Read our Star Trek 3 director ideas below. Read More »

Idris Elba Beasts of No Nation

That shot above pictures Idris Elba in Luther, but below we have the first image of the actor in Beasts of No Nation, the new film from Cary Fukunaga. The director has a couple of features under his belt, the great Sin Nombre and a worth-watching adaptation of Jane Eyre. But it was HBO’s True Detective that made a lot more people aware of Fukunaga. Regardless, we’re excited to see his next effort, and this first shot only enhances our anticipation.  Read More »

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Two big Stephen King books — big both in reputation, and in page count — have long been in development at Warner Bros. One is The Stand, which after cycling through a few different filmmakers has Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) set to write and direct. The other is It, and we haven’t heard much about that in the past couple years. In 2012 Cary Fukunaga was set to adapt and direct, before he broke into the mainstream with True Detective. Fukunaga seems to be still attached, but now the film is moving from Warner Bros. to the WB holding New Line.

While the label shift may not seem like a big deal, New Line is going to be more explicitly focused on horror moving forward. This raises hopes that we’ll get an R-rated version of It. Read More »

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Director Cary Fukunaga arrives at "Celebrate Sundance Institute" the Sundance Institute's inaugural benefit in Beverly Hills, California

Thanks to his features Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre we’ve been enthusiastic for Cary Joji Fukunaga for years, but now that his show True Detective really owns the public imagination he’s finally getting big recognition from all corners of the entertainment industry.

Fukunaga directed all eight episodes of the HBO limited series, with six having aired so far. With two weeks left in the very odd and unsettling police drama he directed for creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto, and a few feature developments in the fire (including Stephen King’s It) what’s next for the filmmaker? Read More »

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Twitter absolutely exploded Sunday night when the fourth episode of True Detective aired. It ended with a six minute long take, which is about 5 minutes and 45 seconds longer than 99.9% of the shots on television. Apparently, it was breathtaking. I wouldn’t know because I haven’t watched it yet, but now you can as the shot has made it online. Below, check it out as well as see the full version of the above image, a brand new Mondo poster for the show by Phantom City Creative. Read More »

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Based on Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre, film fans knew director Cary Fukunaga was a talent. Unfortunately, not everyone saw those movies. That’s not the case with HBO’s True Detective, a show he’s both producing and directing. Huge audiences are watching that show and realizing this guy is one of the best young directors out there today.

As the show continues its run, Fukunaga is blowing up and discussion has started to turn towards his next film. He’s currently shooting a small film called Beasts of No Nation with Idris Elba. To follow that, producer Dan Lin says Fukunaga might finally get around to adapting Stephen King‘s IT. Read More »