Grahame-Smith Discusses Adapting It For The Movies. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, It producer Seth Grahame-Smith revealed numerous details about what audiences can expect from the highly anticipated movie adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel.
Grahame-Smith on the difference between the mini-series and the film,
I think that if anything, [the new film] will bring back some of the viciousness of the book that they couldn’t do with the miniseries because it was for broadcast. I think it’s going to be very scary, but I also feel like you’ve got Cary who is going to direct these kids—and he’s incredible at casting, incredible at shooting. He’s incredible with tone and atmosphere. One of the things I wanted to do is be a part of one of the really good King adaptations. As we know, there is an echelon of King adaptations that are classics. There are some that are okay. There are some that we’d rather forget.
Grahame-Smith on the status of the film,
We’re going to get a draft, what is supposed to be the shooting [script], any day now from Cary and his writing partner. We’re doing a deal for them to write the second movie. Our hope is to prep sometime in the next few months and shoot in the summer. That one is as much on the runway as we can possibly be. I know New Line is ready to go.
It was last adapted for the screen in ABC’s “It” mini-series in 1990. The novel is considered one of King’s seminal works and it’s a shame Hollywood took almost 30-years to get serious about adapting a big screen version. As nightmare inducing as Tim Curry was in the role of It’s monstrous antagonist, Pennywise, a novel as horrifying as It deserved better than to be served to audiences as a major network’s prime-time television mini-series. Aside from casting Curry, the one thing that ABC had right was the consept of turning the 1100-page novel into a mini-series and thankfully, New Line Cinema intends to split the story into two films.
I can’t think of a better match than having True Detective season 1 director Cary Fukunaga direct the film (he is currently in negotiations to direct part 2). The haunting style Fukunaga put on display in True Detective transformed what could have been just another cop show into an enthralling, spine chilling world as unsettling as anything audiences experience in the best horror movies. Combining Cary Fukunaga, Stephen King and Seth Grahame-Smith means that It is headed straight to the top of my must see list.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly