More From Cary Fukunaga on ITPosted: September 3, 2015, 08:50:19
Dread Central has more info on the reason Cary Fukunaga left IT.
I was trying to make an unconventional horror film. It didnít fit into the algorithm of what they knew they could spend and make money back on based on not offending their standard genre audience. Our budget was perfectly fine. We were always hovering at the $32 million mark, which was their budget. It was the creative that we were really battling. It was two movies. They didnít care about that. In the first movie, what I was trying to do was an elevated horror film with actual characters. They didnít want any characters. They wanted archetypes and scares. I wrote the script. They wanted me to make a much more inoffensive, conventional script. But I donít think you can do proper Stephen King and make it inoffensive.
The main difference was making Pennywise more than just the clown. After 30 years of villains that could read the emotional minds of characters and scare them, trying to find really sadistic and intelligent ways he scares children, and also the children had real lives prior to being scared. And all that character work takes time. Itís a slow build, but itís worth it, especially by the second film. But definitely even in the first film, it pays off.