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'Sin Nombre' Helmer Cary Fukunaga To Tackle 2 Film Adaptation Of Stephen King's 'It'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 7, 2012 at 11:24PM

Well, Ron Howard tried and failed (and is still trying) to get a monumental three film, two TV series adaptation of "The Dark Tower" off the ground, but Warner Bros. is hoping they can get their own epic Stephen King story onto the big screen. And unlike the plethora of King related projects on both the small and big screen, the talent attached to this has us at full attention.
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Well, Ron Howard tried and failed (and is still trying) to get a monumental three film, two TV series adaptation of "The Dark Tower" off the ground, but Warner Bros. is hoping they can get their own epic Stephen King story onto the big screen. And unlike the plethora of King related projects on both the small and big screen, the talent attached to this has us at full attention.

"Sin Nombre" and "Jane Eyre" writer/director Cary Fukunaga is set adapt King's classic "It" into a two movie series. Way back in 2009, Warner Bros. tasked Dave Kajganich ("The Invasion") to pen the script and he's been something a regular on King material, writing a draft of the "Pet Sematary" remake that's in development, as well as "The Stand" for Ben Affleck. But Fukunaga will take over, writing a new script with Chase Palmer; the pair also collaborated on the brewing Civil War heist flick "No Blood, No Guts, No Glory" that Fukunaga is attached to helm for Focus.

But before he gets to telling the tale of about a bunch of bullied kids, a shape-shifting demon clown, and what they have to face 30 years later, Fukunaga will first knock out his exciting HBO series "True Detective" with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. We're big fans of Fukunaga, and moreso because, like many of our favorite directors, he's curious about doing things he's never tried before. Fukunaga's take on a King horror story? Yep, we'd love to see it. But if you really can't wait, you can always find the 1990 TV mini-series, which hasn't aged all that well. Needless to say, there is room for improvement. [Variety]

This article is related to: Cary Fukunaga, Stephen King, It (Stephen King)