At over one thousand pages, It is Stephen King’s longest novel. Because of this, it has proved to be a difficult novel to adapt. It was previously made into a TV miniseries in 1990 starring Tim Curry, but a film adaptation has been in the works for several years. The project is still moving forward, but because of the novel’s length, it will be made into two films. These two films are set to be co-written and directed by Cary Fukunaga who previously directed last year’s Jane Eyre.

It tells the story of a group of teenagers, who discover that a shape-shifting monster is murdering children in their small Maine town. They manage to vanquish the creature for nearly thirty years, but when the murders begin again, they all return to their hometown to finish what they started.

Co-writing the film with Fukunaga is Chase Palmer. Since the film will be split into two separate movies, it is a safe bet that the film will be longer than the three hour miniseries. Hopefully this will allow the filmmakers to further explore the story than was allowed in the 1990 version. Another positive aspect of remaking It, is that the film will have the opportunity to be much more violent than the 1990 miniseries. Hopefully this project will continue moving forward, as I think a new version of It is a very promising idea.

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