Stephen King’s It remake gets a release date, may lose Will Poulter

It gears up for production, but they might need a new Pennywise

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The remake of Stephen King’s It hasn’t had the easiest road to production but it looks like things are back on track, with a release date being confirmed.

Variety reports that the movie (which may still be divided in two) will be released on 18 September 2017. Mama‘s Andy Muschietti is the new director, having stepped in for True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga, who departed due to creative differences.

The article also states that We’re The Millers and The Revenant star Will Poulter, who was Fukunaga’s choice for Pennywise The Clown, is no longer available to play the part due to a scheduling conflict, and that new actors are being met with for the part of the demonic nightmare. There were reports that Ben Mendelsohn and Mark Rylance had previously been under consideration back when Fukunaga was on board, but that they were too expensive.

Production is set to begin in Toronto this summer, so we should expect some casting announcements soon.

It follows “seven children known as The Losers Club who come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise. The idea is to have two films, one focused on the children and the other focusing on them as adults when they come back to their hometown to face the monster again.”

Although we were definitely upset to hear that Fukunaga had departed the project, we’re still very interested to see what an updated It looks like. It’s one of King’s most terrifying novels and we’ve got a big soft spot for Tommy Lee Wallace’s TV movie, and the idea of Pennywise on the big screen is very exciting indeed. Still, Tim Curry’s Pennywise casts a long, long shadow

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