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


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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  • bison1865

    Why do they have to keep remaking movies that there was nothing wrong with in the first place !!! Lets hope they recast Tim Curry as Pennywise if they dont it will be a sacrilege !!!

    • Jerm Leather

      I agree that it would be great if they were able to re-cast Tim Curry as the eater of children. As much as we all love the ABC mini-series that originally introduced us to a live action depiction of The Losers Club and their adventures, it left out huge chunks of the story, as well as altering some parts altogether. I’d love to see a remake that touches more deeply on the history of IT, as well as of Derry itself.

    • Marc Daneker

      The TV adaptation was a bit flat and cheap looking, it also left out some strong material that an R rated version wouldn’t have to.

  • Jeff

    If Tim curry is not pennywise then I refuse to watch it just for that fact

  • Gareth

    I just don’t understand why a one-off thirteen episode season couldn’t work – especially given the expansive nature of the story. Think Harpers Island, but with an actual story. They could even alternate episodes between 1950s and 1980s, the way Fringe switched between realities. TV adaptation no longer means a watering down on the violence front, and CGI can paper over some of the bigger effects requirements – mutant bird etc.

  • Marc Daneker

    I think LOTR proved that the way to adapt epic novels is to divide them, It’s always been a favorite and this will be a great way to do it, the original TV was only 3hrs after commercials, so a 4 – 5 hr rated R version will be much more immersive and complete.

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