LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King novel It will begin filming in summer 2015.
Producer Dan Lin announced the news in an interview with Vulture on Thursday. It was in development for years at Warner Bros., but moved to subsidiary New Line Cinema in May. Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) will direct.
"The idea is to start official prep in March for a summer shoot," Lin revealed. "Cary likes to develop things for a while, and we've been with this for about three or four years, so we're super excited that he stayed with it. You guys are gonna be really excited."
It will be split into a two-film adaptation. Lin said producers decided to separate the story because "the book is so epic we couldn't tell it all in one movie and service the characters with enough depth."
It the novel was published in 1986, and adapted as a two-part television movie in 1990. The story follows a group of children terrorized by a creature they call "It." The being often appears in the form of a clown, but has the ability to assume the shape of whatever its victims fear most.
The first film will follow the characters as children, while the second will see the group reunite as adults. Fukunaga is only committed to helm the first movie, but is currently in talks to co-write the second.
Fukunaga has directed such films as Sin Nombre (2009) and an adaptation of Charlotte Bronte novel Jane Eyre (2011) with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. He will next release Beasts of No Nation with Idris Elba in 2015.