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‘It’ Moves to New Line As They Return to Horror Roots!

The lights are back on over at the House that Freddy Built…

An new article over at THR reveals that the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It is moving studios.

Warner Bros. has been developing a big-screen take for five years, explains the site, and in 2012 it hired Cary Fukunaga to direct two films produced by Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg.

But just as Fukunaga is coming off HBO’s “True Detective,” the project is leaving Warners — sort of.

In a rare move, It is shifting to the studio’s New Line division. Insiders tell THR that as New Line prepares for a June move from West Hollywood to Warners’ Burbank lot, the siblings are drawing clearer distinctions about the types of movies they make.

New Line will now take the lead on horror, bringing the company back to one of its roots!

Horror is now having a resurgence at the company — the emphasis is less slashery and more thrills and chills — as evidenced by last year’s hit The Conjuring.

And It is a horror play. “The story follows a group of kids called the Losers Club who defeat a creature called It. Years later, the creature returns and the club, now adults, have to band together again even though they have no memory of the first battle.

The plan is for the first movie to tell the kids’ story and the second movie to focus on the adults.




  • Soyntgo4it

    This is a first I am hearing of this I saw people posting pictures coming in 2015. Thats a bit too soon no?

    • tyler

      no, yes?

  • a very British hamster

    James Waan would be PERFECT fit for a new It adaption.
    Too bad he’s all “I don’t want to do horror anymore” now.

    • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

      Uh, no he would not. Just because there was a clown doll in Dead Silence, does not mean he would be able to take this movie.

      IT, and any stephen king work, is less about the aesthetics, or gore, or dread. There are actual THEMES to his work that need not be pushed to the wayside.

      The man who tackled TRUE DETECTIVE is PERFECT for this movie. Stop fucking hiring horror directors for major horror properties.

  • Tosufai

    Good news, Stephen King’s It is an outstanding story that deserves to scare the hell out of a new audience. But real talk: Who do you cast as Pennywise? Tim Curry OWNED that role.

    • a very British hamster

      Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Doug Jones, Bryan Cranston. I could see those guys doing a good job!

      Shit maybe Pat Healy! That dude owns and he’s creepy as fuck in Compliance!

      • Nicholas Venable

        Oh. Man. Oh. Man. Michael Shannon as Pennywise sounds absolutely dreadful and outstanding at the same time.

        • Sutter Cane

          For some reason I can see Patton Oswalt doing this…

          • Erik Matsen


      • Justin Corillo

        danny devitto (jk)

      • J Jett

        @a very British hamster, i think Doug Jones as Pennywise would be PERFECTION!!! he’s amazing!

      • Pat Healy would be a really interesting choice, as he was great in Compliance and sensational in Cheap Thrills. I never would’ve thought of him to play Pennywise, but I actually really like the idea of him in the role.

      • marioncrane

        Willem. Dafoe.

    • SuperFloyd35 .

      Sorry but that shitty mini series SUCKED! Tim Curry SUCKED! And anyone who read that book would have to agree with me. What a piece of crap. Not scary or brutal like the book by no means. Hopefully they do it justice this time.

  • Beto Martinez

    @connordavidcooke:disqus you could be more wrong. but you’re very wrong. I had to google James Waan (For real, not being despective) and those movies should have about nothing to do with It. The fear is too complex to just lay it out like his stories.

    • a very British hamster

      Really It is complex to you? Have you even read the book? o.O
      No disrespect but I really don’t see how it’s THAT complex.
      Who do you think would be a better choice?

  • Sutter Cane

    I’m confused, is this a story or THRs? Does the fact that the reporter here mentioned THR give them license to lift chunks of the article without quoting it, or should I, as the reader, just understand that what follows will be from the article? Are the rules of online reporting (and entertainment reporting) different than print? This is not a criticism, I am legitimately asking a question. Can anyone help me with this?

  • ThunderDragoon

    Yes! I was just thinking about this the other day. So happy they’re still going forward with this.

  • marklola12 .

    shame new line did not remake nightmare on elm street..but use Robert again

  • Krug09

    Get the rights back to ANOES please.

  • Adam Clifton

    The first movie with the kids should be real good if done right. Lots of scary potential there especially without the limits of television. Also great news that New Line is doing horror again. Time for Freddy!

  • Mikael Bonnaventura

    Bette cast Tim Curry he bloody owns the role of pennywise and he still got it and deserves the part.

    • I gotta agree, Tim Curry was awesome. That being said, that whole second half, with the giant spider, needs a little help (I like the whole ‘deadlights’ idea though),

      • Michael Lee Burden

        I think one thing has been forgotten. In the book, Penny Wise only shows up once or a few times, not like the made for T.V. movie where they just wanted to do that for time. I agree that I only own this movie, just because of Tim Curry although there are an A-list of actors in this. It was great for it’s time, but if they are gonna do the book justice, like The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption, then the clown should only appear at the right time. Yes, Tim does a tour-de-force like he did in Rocky Horror(his first motion picture) and Clue which if you haven’t seen that, I highly endorse it as a lover of horror and comedy. But somebody else will probably play the role as Tim is a lot older now and it might be hard for him to once again don the scary greasepaint of Penny Wise.

    • Nick Naven

      Tim curry had a pretty severe stroke and probably wouldn’t be up for the role sadly.

  • badbottech

    Jim carry

  • fuckyocouchzz14

    NO Reason NOT to have Tim Curry!!
    Even if they update the over all design, Tim Curry would be the best and only choice.
    He made the character, just as Robert Englund made Freddy

    • Anthony Gulino

      i agree he is the man for the role but since he had a stroke last July its probably not gonna happen…

    • Nick Naven

      he’s done acting, he had a stroke that was pretty severe.

  • Ruben

    No there needs more slashing not thrills and chills like the overdone piece of shit Conjuring did.

    • Michael Lee Burden

      you think that’s all horror films are about is the slashing? I think The Conjouring was one of the best horror films in along time. The slasher genre has been done and redone so many times. Look at Halloween, the original is a great film but there’s only so many times you can tell his story, same with Jason, Freddie, and Leatherface. Not saying there’s anything wrong with those type of horror movies, but sometimes it’s “let’s leave that to the imagination and not be too gory”. The Conjouring also was based on a true story unlike some of the horror stars that I just mentioned. The Warrens wrapped up this case and then went to investigate the most famous house and occurrence of all time known as “The AmityVille Horror” so anything can be horror related doesn’t always have to be slash and thrash. Because if the movie is crap, then it won’t matter.

      • Ruben

        The conjuring was the most generic film ever. Every overdone scare and effect had been done in other movies. It stole from other films and just because it says true story doesn’t mean everything in the film really happened it just helps sell the movie. Haunting movies are over done to the max.

        • Michael Lee Burden

          So are slasher films. Everybody has an opinion and yes, I cannot stand Paranormal Activity. Most horror films have been over done, The Purge? reminds me of The Strangers just a little bit. Now yes something like that could happen in real life which is why sometimes for horror fans it would be better to watch something that might or might not happen. The Blair Witch started off the video reality horror craze, just like The Strangers started off the home invasion movies. I love horror films, but if a film like The Strangers or Hostel 2 could disturb me then it’s too much for me. But I do love most horror films except for maybe those two. If you seen Hostel 2 and you are a man, you may not want to watch a certain part, made me hurt just watching that scene. lol. But anyways, back to IT, would love to see the remake follow the book, this time.

          • Ruben

            Slasher films are always fun though because they invent new ways to have fun kills. Paranormal films have the exact same things verbatim. Hostel 2 was awesome and the Strangers amazing. The Purge I skipped and wont watch it. lol but you’re a horror fan we don’t get disturbed by films much.

  • baronterror

    I will actually be quite pleased to see the story chronologically. I loved it played basically simultaneously but then I’ve seen that. So happy to get this version, should it happen. Think they’ll gravy train Beverly Marsh in this one? At least make refrence to it? We’ll see just how deep into this story they want to get.

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