Stephen King's It has found a new director

The long-in-development film version of Stephen King's horror epic It has landed a new director.

Cary Fukunaga of True Detective fame had been attached to the project for years, but exited in May over creative differences with the studio, New Line Cinema. Now the Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Andy Muschietti, who directed the 2013 horror picture Mama, is negotiating to take over behind the camera.

Muschietti and his sister and producer, Barbara, co-wrote the script for Mama, and their vision for the film was enticing enough that Guillermo del Toro signed on a producer as well. The film got good reviews for its emphasis on creepier scares over gore and grossed $146 million worldwide.

Now Muschietti will take on the task of bringing King's 1,100-page novel to the screen, with the project still envisioned as a two-part adaptation. A new script will be written with Muschietti overseeing it, although a writer has yet to be chosen.

Also in question is the casting of Will Poulter (The Maze Runner) as Pennywise the Clown, the main physical embodiment of the title entity. Poulter was cast by Fukunaga and is apparently no longer attached to the film, although he could come back depending on timing and whether he works for what Muschietti has in mind. Before Fukunaga left, production had been slated to start in late June, but a new start date has yet to be announced.

Did you see Mama? If so, do you think Andy Muschietti can handle It?

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