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Cary Fukanaga Now Looking For The New Pennywise In IT

March 3, 2015 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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In an interview with Brazilian newspaper O Globo (via Bloody Disgusting), director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) said that he is currently looking for the right actor to play Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the new version of Stephen King’s IT.

He said: ““I’ve been on this project for about five years. I had already read versions of the script but nothing felt right. Everybody tried to put too much into it, telling it from the perspective of the adult and the child in a two hour movie. It didn’t fit. So I decided to throw it all away and start from scratch. This will be my first movie in the US and I’m still trying to find the perfect guy to play Pennywise. It’s really good to know Stephen [King] likes what we did. We changed names, dates, dynamics, but the spirit is similar to what he’d like to see in cinemas, I think.

Fukunaga will direct the first film of two that adapts King’s 1,138 page novel. He will at least co-write the second film. David Kajganich and Chase Palmer are also involved in writing. The story was originally adapted in the 1990 miniseries starring Tim Curry as Pennywise. It followed a group of misfit children called “The Losers Club” who fought a shapeshifting monster disguised as a clown. Thirty years later, they have to return to finish what they started.