It is finally happening.
Warner Bros. announced the cinematic adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel has been set for a Sept. 8, 2017 release date. Production is eyeing a late June start on the planned two-film project from Mama director Andy Muschietti, according to a source close to the project.
The project once had True Detective and Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga attached to lead up the project. Fukunaga left last May, and the project was indefinitely delayed. After Fukunaga’s departure, there was uncertainty whether the project would still be a two-part affair off Fukunaga and Chase Palmer’s screenplay, which has been rewritten by Muschietti and Gary Dauberman.
Fans of King’s novel should be pleased with the current take on the script, even if the view is slightly changed. “It is very close to the source material in one way but very different if you look at it as a literary piece of work,” producer Roy Lee said in February. “We’re taking it and making the movie from the point of view of the kids, and then making another movie from the point of view of the adults, that could potentially then be cut together like the novel. But it’s gonna be a really fun way of making this movie.”
It’s unknown if Will Poulter (We’re The Millers) will stay aboard as the frightening clown Pennywise: He was attached to the Fukunaga-led endeavor last year.
Also on the docket for Warner Bros.: The Dax Shepard-directed CHiPs revival will come out Aug. 11, 2017. Shepard also stars alongside Michael Peña, Kristen Bell, Adam Brody, Vincent D’Onofrio, Maya Rudolph, Ben Falcone, and more.