Just weeks away from filming was set to commence on the two-part big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel IT, director and screenwriter for the project, Cary Fukunaga has departed the project due to creative differences.
Will Poulter (The Maze Runner) had recently signed on to play the infamous killer clown Pennywise, a role made famous by Tim Curry in the original 1990 TV mini-series. The upcoming new adaptation of IT was going to be split into two films, with one focusing on the group of kids who first battle Pennywise and the second feature to be when they are adults and the clown returns once more to wreak havoc.
Fukunaga has left the project from what looks to be creative differences due to the budget. Stephen King himself has weighed in on the news via Twitter saying:
“The remake of IT may be dead–or undead–but we’ll always have Tim Curry. He’s still floating down in the sewers of Derry.”