The evil clown Pennywise will be sitting on the sidelines for a few more weeks as New Line searches for another director to lead the project, this according to the most recent reports regarding the film. The highly-anticipated feature adaptation of the Stephen King horror-story had Cary Fukunaga sitting in the director’s chair, but now it has been confirmed that he has dropped out of the project.
According to reports, the “True Detective” director and the studio had creative differences regarding the structured release of the film that caused Fukunaga to leave the project and now the film is left without a director. TheWrap was the first to report of Fukunaga’s departure.
Initially the story of “It” was to be told over two-separate films, now the studio is pushing for the project to be condensed into a single film, most likely for budgetary reasons. Fukunaga apparently wouldn’t budge on the issue, and instead has decided to quit the project as director. Fukunaga wrote the screenplay to “IT” with Chase Palmer, and the film has been in different stages of production since it was first brought-on to become a feature back in 2012.
English actor Will Poutler (The Maze Runner, We’re the Millers) is in talks to play Pennywise in the film, but the studio has not made an official announcement on the casting.