When it comes to film adaptations, somehow, some way, Stephen King's least accessible work always seem close to fans' minds. No matter how prolific King is and regardless of the fact that many of his books are highly regarded works of pop art, the most tantalizing stories in King's oeuvre are the ones that can't be made. Stuff like Under the Dome, his recent 1100-page novella, the Dark Tower series, with its myriad allusions to King's other stories and its convoluted pan-mythology, The Stand, a book so long that it needed a "Director's Cut" for the whole thing to be released. And let's not forget It, King's gargantuan story of a mysterious evil that feeds on the hate, fear and prejudice of the inhabitants of a small Maine town.
While both The Stand and It were turned into fairly successful adaptations, the fact remains that these books are unapproachable and imposing to put it simply. Which is why it's exceedingly hard to imagine a new adaptation of either one working and harder still not to worry about the news that a new script for It has been commissioned. Lilja's Library spoke with screenwriter David Kajganich about rewriting It, a story that alternates between reams of essential flashbacks and juggles multiple storylines. Forgive me for being a pessimist but there's one line in particular in this interview that stands out and makes it impossible for me to give Kajganich the benefit of the doubt.