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New Line Planned as House of Horror; “IT” Shifts from Warner

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Warner Bros. is drawing a clearer, harder line as far as the types of films the studio and its divisions make, a plan which returns New Line Cinema to its roots as a house of horror. It’s all starting with the long-developing Cary Fukunaga-attached two-film adaptation of Stephen King’s IT.

Long referred to as “The House that Freddy Built,” New Line Cinema boasts a horror history that of course includes A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and its sequels, as well as gems like ALONE IN THE DARK (1982), THE HIDDEN, DARK CITY, FEMALE TROUBLE, BLADE  and more. The studio merged with then parent company Warner in 2008. Last year’s mega hit THE CONJURING was also a New Line Feature.

Now, IT will transition over the studio from Warner Bros. proper and tell Stephen King’s classic tale of The Losers’ Club and their childhood and grown-up bouts with a terrifying entity—most commonly remembered for its Pennywise the Dancing Clown visage. THR, who reports the shift, describes the two films as planned to be divided between the club’s adolescence and adulthood.

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Fangoria.com Managing Editor Samuel Zimmerman has been at FANGORIA since 2009, where fresh out of the Purchase College Cinema Studies program, he began as an editorial assistant. Since, he’s honed both his writing and karaoke skills and been trusted with the responsibility of jury duty at Austin’s incredible Fantastic Fest. Zimmerman lives in and hails from The Bronx, New York where his pants are too tight and he’ll watch anything with witches.
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