This Memorial Day let’s take a moment to remember back when we were all excited for “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga to be at the helm of the latest telling of Stephen King’s It. Feel good? Hold on to that for another second… now let go and let the depression set in because he’s no longer attached.
According to The Wrap the filmmaker clashed with the studio, which confirmed that the project has been pushed. Fukunaga is out as the director of New Line’s adaptation of It, which will not move forward as planned this summer.
Apparently director Fukunaga repeatedly clashed with the studio and did not want to compromise his artistic vision in the wake of budget cuts that were recently demanded by New Line. The situation came to a head this weekend, leading to Fukunaga’s abrupt exit.
The project was originally set up at Warner Bros. before moving to New Line in recent weeks, which was one reason behind the unfortunate split. Shooting locations were another issue at the heart of the departure, with Fukunaga expressing a strong desire to film in New York, which is more expensive than other locales. Another source indicated that New Line was getting cold feet about the project in the wake of the less-than-stellar opening of Poltergeist, which featured a clown in its marketing materials. Seriously, that could be the dumbest reason yet if true.
It’s unclear whether New Line will hire a new director to immediately take over the project or go back to the drawing board for an entirely new approach, but one insider told The Wrap that the project was dead as currently constituted. A studio insider acknowledged It has been pushed but did not go into the specifics of Fukunaga’s exit.
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