This past weekend Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema announced that the long-gestured adaptation of Stephen King’s It will now hit theaters on September 8, 2017, with a shoot scheduled for this summer.
The immediate question everyone was asking is what this means for Will Poulter, who had been cast as Pennywise when Cary Fukunaga was attached to direct.
Variety is reporting that Poulter has since dropped out, due to scheduling conflicts, while our own sources tell us that he’s still in contention as Mama director Andy Muschietti will hold his own auditions.
Poulter (The Maze Runner, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) was still in the mix for the role of Pennywise, the demonic clown, late last year:
“Will Poulter would be a great option. For me he is at the top of my list,” Muschietti firmed up.
“King described 50s’ terror iconography,” he added. “And I feel there’s a whole world now to rediscover, to update. There won’t be mummies, werewolves. Terrors are going to be a lot more surprising.”
In 1960, seven outcast kids known as “The Loser Club” fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. 30 years later, they are called back to fight the same clown again.
Fukunaga’s vision for It was to create two separate films, one which tackled the protagonists as children and the second film to focus on them as adults.