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'It' film adaptation moves forward

'It' will reportedly be adapted as two movies, with 'True Detective' helmer Cary Fukunaga slated to direct the first film, according to 'It' producer Dan Lin.

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The movie adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “It” is reportedly moving forward.

As was previously reported, “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga is directing the film adaptation. According to Vulture, the novel is being split into two films.

“The book is so epic that we couldn’t tell it all in one movie and service the characters with enough depth,” “It” producer Dan Lin told Vulture.

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As book fans know, the book is divided into the adventures of a group of children who run afoul of an evil force. Then the novel fast-forwards to the group as adults, who come together to face off against the evil again. According to Vulture, the movies will be divided this way and Lin said that while Fukunaga is officially signed on for the first film only at this time, he’s close to a deal to at least co-write the second movie. 

Lin said King is fully on board. 

“We didn’t want to make this unless he felt it was the right way to go, and when we sent him the script, the response that Cary got back was, ‘Go with God, please! This is the version the studio should make,’” he said. “So that was really gratifying.” 

According to Lin, they’re planning to start filming this summer.

"It" is not the only King novel currently moving toward production. As we noted before, Josh Boone, who was behind this summer’s movie adaptation of “The Fault in Our Stars,” said in a recent interview that he’s directing an adaptation of King’s book “The Stand” and that it will be filmed in four parts, echoing the multiple-film approach to “It.” 

Like “Stand,” “It” was previously adapted as a miniseries, with actor Tim Curry memorably portraying the villainous clown Pennywise.

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