And I’d be there to shepherd as much as I could the following seasons.
He added: “My involvement in the second season was as much or as little as they needed me”. In the first movie, what I was trying to do was an elevated horror film with actual characters. “My departure was always planned”.
That wasn’t a problem according to the director, and neither, he says, did he have a beef with the surprisingly meagre sounding $32m budget.
It remains to be seen how HBO handles a potential third season of True Detective, given the poor performance and blame laid at Pizzolatto’s feet, but we’d doubt if Fukunaga had much future involvement with the franchise, even if the network opted for creative shakeup. “It turns out they didn’t need me”.
Fukunaga says he hasn’t spoken to Pizzolatto since they saw each other at the Golden Globes in January, but he’s aware of the demanding director character who seems to be caricaturing him in season two.
Fukunaga’s plan was to devote a film each to the massive novel’s two halves: one for the group of childhood friends who battle the unspeakable evil, and the other for the 25-years-later strand when the friends reunite as adults to destroy It once and for all.
Cary Fukunaga has commented on his reasons for leaving previously, but has since elaborated on his exit from the film in a new interview with Variety.
“The actor [Philip Moon] was hired because I was a fan of his from ‘Deadwood, ‘ and he arrived with the look he had”, the producer told the trade.
It’s public knowledge that Pizzolatto and Fukunaga bumped heads on the show’s first season in which the “Beasts of No Nation” director helmed every episode.
Cary Fukunaga has explained to Variety why he bailed on the horror movie remake of Stephen King’s It. Before he left the project, Cary Fukunaga cast Will Poulter to play the role of Pennywise in his version of It – and while the casting selection was surprising just because of how different Poulter is from It mini-series star Tim Curry, it also suggested a fantastic new approach to the character.