Bret Easton Ellis once said that scripts were meant to be performed, not read. However, as of late, I’ve found myself drawn to Cary Fukunaga’s unproduced adaptions for Stephen King’s 1986 novel IT. There was so much hype surrounding the project while it was in pre-production, so much that occurred between the filmmaker and the studio that it could be dissected in essays. Fukunaga dropping out of the film after working on it for nearly four years led to great speculation.
Before I dig into the actual contents of the scripts that have surfaced and their stories, l would like to address and clear up some of the speculation as to why Cary Fukunaga exited the project.
The internet was abuzz with rumors of the studio wanting a generic horror film – these were perpetuated by the former-director himself in interviews. There were also claims that Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema were not comfortable with the latent sexuality of Fukunaga and Chase Palmer’s script. Posts that were dug up on a children’s casting message board, as written by the parents of auditioning actors and actresses, seemed to confirm this. They had also voiced concerns about the material – further fueling rumors of the film’s lack of boundaries. Fukunaga allegedly dug his heels in over this, and that’s when Warner Bros. forcibly pushed him out of the director’s chair.