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Cary Fukunaga Leaves ‘IT’ Remake

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Sad news Pennywise fans: director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) has left the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, just three weeks before principle photography was scheduled to begin.  According to TheWrap, sources have stated that Fukunaga left the film after he “repeatedly clashed with the studio (he) did not want to compromise his artistic vision in the wake of budget cuts that were recently demanded by New Line”.

Which essentially means that New Line  green-lit this new version of IT at a budget, according to various sources, of $30 Million, and Fukunaga’s drafts of the script kept coming in which required a budget higher than the studio was comfortable with for a genre film. This also means that the script, despite filming being scheduled to begin in less than a month, was still be being worked on and adjusted as the two sides tried to find a happy medium, which is never a good place to start.

With Fukunaga leaving the project, this new adaptation of IT has been “pushed indefinitely”, as New Line searches for a new director, however it is probably fair to say that this incarnation of the IT remake is dead in the water.

Chances are, New Line will take this opportunity to rework the concept into one movie, as opposed to the two films Fukunaga had wanted, dividing the story between when the Losers’ Club were children dealing with Pennywise, and when they are adults, as we originally told you about here, in order to make it more financially viable for them. This delay/potential re-working could also affect the involvement of Will Poulter (We’re the Millers), who had recently entered into negotiations to play Pennywise, as we told you about here, however there is no news on this time whether Poulter will remain with the project or not.

This is an unfortunate turn of events, considering Fukunaga’s passion for getting an epic adaptation of IT made, as he had reportedly been working on the project for over five years, and as recently as April 24, had spoken at the Tribeca Film Festival about working on IT, and it would have been fascinating to see what someone with Fukunaga’s visual pedigree would do with one of our favorite horror tales.

We will keep you posted on any further IT remake developments as they appear, but do not hold your breath.

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Aubrey Plaza Wants to be the Next Tim Burton With ‘Hocus Pocus’ Like Film

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Aubrey Plaza has long been a self-affirmed “sea hag”. Her dark personality and sense of humor has long been a favorite of ours. Now, with her production company, Evil Hag Productions, she intends to make a family-friendly film that is something like Tim Burton meets Hocus Pocus.

While talking to GQ, Plaza said that she would like to “…fill the Tim Burton slot” by putting together her first directorial effort. The family-friendly affair is said to be a mix of Beetlejuice and Hocus Pocus.

Plaza can currently be seen in Evil Hag Production’s Emily the Criminal and on HBO’s White Lotus season 2.

We can’t wait to see what Plaza has to offer in her directorial efforts. It would be great to see her built a brand and aesthetic as awesome as Burton’s.

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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Knock at the Cabin’ Finds Danger Right Outside

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M. Night Shyamalan’s next film is already on its way. The ominous Knock at the Cabin is incredibly intriguing, especially since the first trailer gave away so little. The first poster for Knock at the Cabin is just as ominous as the teaser.

Shyamalan’s last film Old, played up the Twilight Zone like mystery and took it to Sci-Fi levels. Knock at the Cabin looks to trump that and move far into the horror/thriller genre.

The synopsis for Knock at the Cabin goes like this:

“While vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her parents are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.”

Knock at the Cabin arrives in theaters beginning February 3.

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‘Cocaine Bear’ Gives Us One of the Wildest Posters of the Year

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Elizabeth Banks has decided to grace our eyeballs with one of the wildest titles, posters and film synopsis’ of the past decade. I’m of course talking about Cocaine Bear. This true story is one of those that you have to see to believe. But, the title is exactly what you think it is.

Kentucky 1985 was the time and place. A really unlucky bear ingested a lot of cocaine that was dropped in the woods by a smuggler. Unfortunately, the bear died from an overdose but not before going on a real rager beforehand.

Deadline’s synopsis for Cocaine Bear is as follows:

“The movie finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500- pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow … and blood.”

The film stars Keri Russell, Ray Liotta, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Cocaine Bear comes raging into theaters February 24.

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