‘Jane Eyre’ Director Adapting Stephen King’s ‘It’ for Two Films

Last month, we reported that Jane Eyre and Sin Nombre director Cary Fukunaga is working with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey on and HBO cop drama. And that made sense: a successful, young indie filmmaker working with A-list actors on a project for TV’s most reliable source of quality programming. But today brings some more Fukunaga news that’s entirely unexpected. The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news that he’s signed on to direct and co-write an adaptation of Stephen King’s It — yup, the one about the scary, shape-shifting clown thing. Oh, and he’s not just making one film based on the 1986 novel (which was also adapted as a miniseries for ABC in 1990); Fukunaga has two films in the works based on the book. We can’t deny that It is among King’s best books, and we’d love to see what Fukunaga can do with the horror genre — we just would never never in a million years have guessed that this would be how he’d break through to the mainstream.