Adapting Stephen King’s “It” for the big screen would’ve been a daunting task for any studio. The sprawling novel about a shape-shifting monster had already spawned a popular TV miniseries and features one of the world’s most recognizable villains, Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
Yet, at the Burbank office of New Line Cinema, the studio behind the upcoming film, there was no hesitation.
“I think I've read every single Stephen King book that's ever been written,” said Carolyn Blackwood, co-head at New Line. “So the opportunity to develop and adapt one of his best-known and best-loved works, that’s a dream.”
New Line, a unit of Warner Bros. with 35 employees, is counting on...