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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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 »
Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
Cary Fukunaga‘s Jane Eyre wasn’t a horror movie per se, but the director brought a distinctive ghostly chill to the classic Gothic romance. And now he’ll be bringing that same knack for dread and suspense to another literary adaptation that more obviously calls for it. Fukunaga has just been hired to direct a remake of Stephen King‘s It, which Warner Bros. plans to split across two films. More details after the jump.
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After directing two movies as completely different as Sin Hombre and Jane Eyre, it’s impossible to pigeonhole director Cary Fukunaga as a specific kind of filmmaker. Does he make foreign language gang films? Adaptations of classic literature? His next film won’t help solve the puzzle, but it sounds like it’ll be an awesome new piece in that puzzle. Fukunaga has just signed with Focus Features to co-write and direct No Blood, No Guts, No Glory, a fictionalized tale about a daring heist mission set during the American Civil War. Read more after the break. Read More »
In the pantheon of Big Difficult Adaptations, Frank Herbert‘s novel Dune has stood tall for years. Efforts to make a film in the ’70s stalled, and a film version nearly defeated David Lynch in the early ’80s. (Some, including David Lynch, might say that it did defeat him.) The mini-series adaptation in 2000 can be considered good only by those who judge quality by how many details from the source are crammed onto the screen, and efforts to make a film version since then have resulted in many script drafts, but no actual film.
Paramount has held the rights to Dune for some time, with the project passing through the hands of multiple screenwriters and directors, but now the studio’s option has lapsed. The rights have reverted to Richard P. Rubenstein, the liaison to the Frank Herbert estate and ABC. Read More »
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Screenwriter Chase Palmer has been hired to write a draft the big budget remake of Dune for Paramount Pictures. Taken/District B13 director Pierre Morel came aboard the film early this year after Peter Berg departed the project. Palmer has been brought on board to work some of Morel’s ideas into original scribe Josh Zetumer’s screenplay. Morel has said that he wants to make a film which is faithful to Frank Herbert’s classic 1965 sci-fi novel.
David Lynch directed a big screen adaptationin 1984. Although fans of the Dune series are polarized by the movie, but the film has become a cult favorite in recent years. A three-part miniseries also based on the novel aired in 2000.