Stephen King’s It looks to Andy Muschietti to direct adaptation

It’s been a long road back to the small-screen for Stephen King’s “It” but the remake of the TV mini-series event that introduced millions of children to one of the scariest clowns in literature is now one-step closer to a reboot.

Andy Muschietti, the former director of “Mama” starring Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, is currently in final negotiations to direct the television adaptation of Stephen King’s horror-classic for New Line.

Muschietti will be filling-in for Cary Fukunaga, the original director that boarded the project years ago, only to leave the adaptation just before filming was set to begin.

While the original “mini-series” format is dead, the “TV special-event” series format is extremely popular with modern viewers. This new adaptation is scheduled to become a two-part series event, with producers Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg onboard. Jon Silk is executive producing the project.

Without a director the project has been stalled, yet again, since the start of the summer. Should Muschietti sign with New Line, a new writer will be brought on to adjust the script and things can finally start moving forward again.

Will Poulter was set to play Pennywise the evil clown, but that was agreed to when the project was going to begin back in June of this year. With the recent delays and new director, it is unclear of Poulter is still attached to the project.