True Detective director Cary Fukunaga‘s It remake has been confirmed since December, but other than the fact that Stephen King gave the project his blessing (according to producer Dan Lin), we haven’t heard much about it.
Variety is reporting that English actor Will Poulter, 22 (best known from We’re the Millers), is in negotiations to play It‘s antagonist, Pennywise the Clown. (Okay, technically “It” is just a nameless evil and Pennywise is the form it takes when it needs to do evil things on Earth. It’s kind of confusing.)
Pennywise was memorably/nightmare-inducingly played by Tim Curry in the 1990 ABC miniseries adaptation of King’s mammoth, 1,138-page tale. Per Vulture, Lin’s plan is to split the source material into two feature-length films, the first of which will deal with the protagonists fighting against It as children. The second will jump ahead in time and catch up with the children and their battle as adults. Poulter will appear in both films.
Production on It is slated to begin next summer. In the meantime, catch Poulter opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant, which opens Christmas Day 2015.