Cary Fukunaga plans to make Stephen King's IT as two films

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We’ve known for a while now that a big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s It was on it’s way (cue child-psychologists the world over getting ready to make a lot of money) and now Heat Vision is reporting that Cary Fukunaga, the young writer/director who successfully adapted Jane Eyre last year, has been given the task of inciting an entirely new generation’s phobia of clowns.

And he’s going to do it twice.

Clocking in at just over 1000 pages, It was always one of King’s heftier tomes, featuring a whole lot of crazy between its covers. The book was previously adapted in 1990 as a mini-series on ABC, famously starring Tim Curry as Pennywise the clown, and even with a 3-hour total running time, it couldn’t touch on all the horrors of its source material.

Fukunaga and co-writer Chase Palmer, who recently adapted Frank Herbert’s Dune for Paramount, will now be splitting the script over 2 separate films, so as to give the entire story justice.

The horror tale follows a group known as the Losers Club who as teens discovered and seemingly destroyed an evil creature lurking in the sewers beneath their home town in Maine. The creature would take on the appearance of whatever it’s victim feared the most, so cue creepy fanged clown. Now as adults, the group is drawn back to Maine, as the evil seems to be resurfacing and they are the only ones who can stop it, despite mysteriously not having any memory of the first battle.

No word yet on whether Fukunaga and Palmer will be splitting the narrative into the first film dealing with the kids, and the second with the adults. Either way, don’t expect visits to the circus to be any fun for a long time afterwards.

Last Updated: June 8, 2012

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