Screenplay Archaeology Episode 30: Stephen King’s It

KiramidHead and WhiskeyBrewer discuss an unmade adaptation of Stephen King’s It.

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Movie Curiosities: It (2017)

Andres Muschietti made his directorial debut in 2013 with Mama, which was probably more famous for being a Guillermo Del Toro production than anything else. In the time since, Muschietti has been attached to Robotech, He-Man, Shadow of the Colossus, and other geek-friendly projects doomed to spend eternity in development hell. He was also attached to direct the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel for a time, and even the ill-fated 2017 Mummy reboot before creative differences (read: “We don’t know what the fuck we’re doing!”) forced Muschietti off that project.

With a resume like his, Muschietti was a natural choice to direct It (2017), which had been in development since 2009. This particular iteration had previously been shepherded by Cary Fukunaga before budget disputes sent it collapsing at the last minute. I don’t know if Muschietti was the best they could find on short notice and shorter pay, but that might explain a lot.

That said, at least Muschietti got the film made, which is no small accomplishment in itself. That he made it into a damn good film is even more impressive, especially considering this is only his second picture. Read more