Cary Fukunaga explains why he quit Stephen King’s It remake

Director Cary Fukunaga discusses the reasons why he left New Line’s It reboot

ItWe were not at all happy to hear that True Detective director Cary Fukunaga had left New Line’s remake of Stephen King’s It. We even wrote a blog about it.

Now, the director has spoken to EW about the reasons for his departure from the long-gestating project.

“It’s never easy,” he said. “Chase [Palmer] and I had been working on that script for probably three years. There was a lot of our childhood and our experience in it.”

“Ultimately, we and New Line have to agree on the kind of movie we want to make, and we just wanted to make different movies. It’s like a relationship: you can try to make the other person who you want them to be, but it’s impossible really to change. You just have to work.”

The differences were reported to be due to the budget and casting, with the role of Pennywise proving to be a sticking point. Now, Mama director Andy Muschietti is on board to direct and will rewrite the script. It’s undoubtedly for the best that Fukunaga bowed out before having to make a film he wasn’t happy with, but still…what could have been…

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