Stephen King’s It to start shooting this year

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The film adaptation of Stephen King’s It looks set to begin shooting this year.

Producer Roy Lee told Collider “It will hopefully be shooting later this year. We just got the California tax credit. Gary Doberman wrote the most recent draft working with Andy Muscetti”

Muscetti will helm the film, which Lee says will have an R-rating. He also went onto to say that the plan remains to make a two-film adaptation of King’s novel.

“It’s being envisioned as two movies. We’re making the [first] 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.”

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The film originally had True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga directing, but the filmmaker left the project after disagreements with producers. Initally, he had cast The Revenant‘s Will Poulter as the evil clown Pennywise.

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