True Detective helmer Cary Fukunaga was co-writing and directing a feature film adaptation of Stephen King's IT, but he left the project last May because of creative differences. Now it is being directed by Mama helmer Andy Muscietti and the script is being rewritten by screenwriter Gary Doberman.
New Line is still planning to split IT into two films as King's classic tale takes place in two time periods. Filming is expected to begin later this year.
“It will hopefully be shooting later this year,” IT film producer, Roy Lee, told Collider at DICE 2016. “We just got the California tax credit… Gary Doberman wrote the most recent draft working with Andy Muscetti, so it’s being envisioned as two movies.” He added, “We’re taking it and making the movie from the point of view of the kids, and then making another movie from the point of view of the adults.”
He went on to say IT will be R-rated, and its last hurdle is making sure the script matches the budget. “We are very close to turning in the final draft of the script,” he said. “It’s mainly working on it for budgeting purposes to make it fit within the budget that we have.”