Stephen King fans must have thought they hit the jackpot when Cary Fukunaga was slated to direct the movie in 2012, but that quickly fell apart when the man behind Sin Nombre and True Detective Season 1 walked away from the two-movie project in May.
And now he's finally revealed the reasons behind his exit, and he doesn't hold back in his opinion.
Budget differences were said to be the original reason for Fukunaga leaving the horror reboot, but he doesn’t have any of it, arguing that micro-management and the direction of main character Pennywise - who Fukunaga wanted to make “more than just the clown” - were the main reasons he fell out with Warner Bros and New Line Cinema.
“In the first movie, what I was trying to do was an elevated horror film with actual characters. They didn’t want any characters. They wanted archetypes and scares. They wanted me to make a much more inoffensive, conventional script. But I don’t think you can do proper Stephen King and make it inoffensive,” Fukunaga said in an interview with Variety.
Pennywise won’t be out of our lives for too long though. Mama director Andy Muschietti is reportedly in talks to step in with a brand new screenplay.
Looks like we won’t be sleeping with the lights off any time soon.