Director Cary Fukunaga Exits ‘It’ Reboot, Film Pushed Indefinitely


It looks like we may not be headed back to Derry, Maine after all as director Cary Fukunaga has reportedly left the reboot of It just three weeks from when production was slated to begin.

First reported by The Hollywood Reporter on Monday, May 25, Fukunaga left the production due to a disagreement with producers over recent budget cuts. New Line is citing ‘creative differences.’

Fukunaga rose to prominence after directing the first season of True Detective, and by all accounts was one of the main reasons many were taking an interest in the project. Even we were excited by the arrival of Fukunaga to the film, which was set to be released in two parts (the plan was for the first movie to tell the kids’ story and the second movie to focus on the adults), so it’s rather depressing to learn he will no longer be involved.

THR went on to explain that Will Poulter, who recently made headlines for joining the project as Pennywise the clown, may no longer be involved as well. It’s not unusual for actors to join a project out of a desire to work with certain directors, so it’s not all that hard to imagine Poulter may be a bit more gun shy over filling Tim Curry’s legendary shoes now that Fukunaga is no longer attached.

Production on It has now been pushed indefinitely. As much as we would like to see this story on the big screen, it’s probably best New Line not rush into filming with a last minute replacement. Comment below and let us know if you agree.

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