According to The Wrap, Cary Fukunaga, director of the upcoming adaptation of IT has reportedly left the project due to financial issues and location issues. The reports also shed some light on New Line, suggesting that the company were feeling less confident about the Stephen King adaptation after the opening box office weekend from the rejuvenated Poltergeist.
Insiders express that the True Detective director Fukunaga didn’t want to sacrifice his artistic direction along with budget cuts that were being demanded by the production. It (excuse that poor pun) was also in disagreement for casting issues for the nominal villain. Many assumed that Ben Mendelsohn was turned down for the Stephen King adaptation due to conflicts with his ongoing project Star Wars: Rogue One – yet New Line reportedly suggested that they wanted the star to take a pay cut and lightly expressed he wasn’t suitable for the project.
Fukanaga had planned an enthusiastic two-part film for IT and a creative choice in casting Will Poulter as Pennywise, yet with the director gone, it could leave a new opening for casting. With anticipation, they can make the project come together and produce something along the lines of the original movie. The project has been pushed indefinitely and will hopefully find a new director soon.