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We haven't been following the developments around It very closely and it turns out, it was probably for the better because the project, which up until now has sounded a little too good to be true, apparently was too good to be true.

"True Detective" director Cary Fukunaga co-wrote the adaptation of Stephen King's novel which was going to shake out into two movies: the first focusing on the group of friends as children and the second picking up the story as the group meets up as adults. New Line had greenlit the project which was supposed to start shooting this summer in New York but over the long weekend, the director and producers bumped a hurdle they couldn't overcome and Fukunaga stepped away from the project, leaving the remake without a director.

There's speculation that there's been pushback from the studio on various decisions made by Fukunaga (everything from pushing to shoot in NY and the casting of Will Poulter as Pennywise) which led to the director leaving the project. Whatever the reasons, Fukunaga has stepped away and the studio has now shelved the project indefinitely.

Basically, It is dead in the water which is too bad because the project sounded fantastic. It'll be interesting to see if the studio eventually forges ahead with the adaptation and how different it will be from Fukunaga's vision.

Recommended Release: Stephen King's It

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