‘Mama’ Director Andy Muschietti in Talks to Replace Cary Fukunaga on Stephen King’s ‘It’

New Line is moving ahead with a two-part adaptation of the classic horror novel

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“Mama” director Andy Muschietti is in talks to replace Cary Fukunaga on New Line’s two-part adaptation of Stephen King’s “It,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

Will Poulter is no longer attached to star as Pennywise the Clown but he could return depending on his schedule, if he fits Muschietti’s vision for the character. New Line will soon hire a writer to tailor the project to that vision.

Dan Lin and Roy Lee will produce “It” with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg. The director is also expected produce with his sister Barbara Muschietti.

“True Detective” alum Fukunaga exited the project over Memorial Day weekend due to creative differences stemming from a reduction in budget, as TheWrap first reported.

Muschietti, whose “Mama” grossed $146 million worldwide, is represented by WME.