Director Cary Fukunaga has spoken at length on why he walked away from the long in-development big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s novel ‘It’ - and his remarks paint a fairly scathing portrait of his producers at Warner Bros and New Line Cinema. - Director Wes Craven Dies - James Wan Hints At Monster Movie - Laments of Nightmare On Elm Street Reboot Make-Up Artist Fukunaga had been attached to ‘It’ since 2012, and says he “was trying to make an unconventional horror film. They didn’t care about that. “In the first movie, what I was trying to do was an elevated horror film with actual characters. Interestingly, Fukunaga would seem to allude to Freddy Krueger when hinting at his efforts to make iconic villain Pennywise “more than just the clown, after 30 years of villains that could read the emotional minds of characters and scare them.” Memorably portrayed by Tim Curry in the 1990 TV mini-series adaptation of King’s novel, Pennywise was set to be played by Will Poulter in Fukunaga’s film, although it is unclear whether or not the actor is still on board now that the project is up in the air.