It was a sad, sad day when we found out that True Detective season one director Cary Fukunaga had decided to walk away from the two-part movie adaptation of Stephen King’s horror tome It after a dispute with New Line Cinema on the direction of the project. He had been working on development for about three years.
Now Fukunaga has finally shared his thoughts on the departure. But don’t continue below expecting to see an angry, frustrated rant aimed toward New Line. No matter how infuriated the director was by the way things played out, he took the high road when talking about what happened. At least this time.
“It’s never easy. Chase [Palmer] and I had been working on that script for probably three years. There was a lot of our childhood and our experience in it.”
“Ultimately, we and New Line have to agree on the kind of movie we want to make, and we just wanted to make different movies. It’s like a relationship: you can try to make the other person who you want them to be, but it’s impossible really to change. You just have to work.”
Instead of New Line giving in a little and simply letting Fukunaga make the It movie he developed for three years and everyone desperately wants to see, they instead decided to go ahead and bring in someone new, Mama director Andy Muschietti. New Line will also hire a new writer to pen something more fitting to Muschietti’s style.
While we’ll remain open-minded and hopeful that Muschietti will still deliver a worthy adaptation of the book, it’s very unlikely he’ll have three years to mold the movie as Fukunaga had—one of the reasons he was hired because he made Mama for only $15 million and it went on to make $146 million worldwide despite mediocre reviews—and not one part of that bodes well for the final product.