Stephen King has published hundreds of horror stories over his long and storied career. However despite the success of hits such as Carrie, Pet Sematary, and Cujo, there is one story that seems to live on every time a clown is spotted in the woods, at a birthday party, or when the circus comes to town…It.
It was Stephen King’s 1986 novel about a group of kids in the 1950’s known as “The Loser’s Club,” who encounter a terrifying monster in the form of a dancing clown. Pennywise terrorizes the children’s small town, only to come back 30 years later to continue his reign of terror when they are middle-aged. The book was made into a TV miniseries in the early 90’s, that starred the Tim Curry and the late John Ritter and went on to become a cult classic.
Andrés Muschietti (Mama) was chosen to direct the big-screen adaptation, after Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) departed due to creative differences. This incarnation’s time period was moved to the 80’s and will focus solely on the children’s story. Presumably, if and when the movie becomes a hit, they will set the sequel in the present with a cast of recognizable adult actors.
Bill Skarsgard takes over the clown makeup from Tim Curry and while we don’t get to hear him speak in this initial trailer, he does seem to embody the unruly terror of a clown gone wild. The cast of kids are a standout as well, including recognizable faces from Midnight Special and Stranger Things. It looks as if this may be another exceptional horror flick, only six months until we find out. Enjoy.
New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “IT,” directed by Andrés Muschietti (“Mama”), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.
When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
“IT” stars Bill Skarsgård (“Allegiant,” TV’s “Hemlock Grove”) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (“Midnight Special”), Jeremy Ray Taylor (“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”), Sophia Lillis (“37”), Finn Wolfhard (TV’s “Stranger Things”), Wyatt Oleff (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming “Cops and Robbers”), Jack Dylan Grazer (“Tales of Halloween”) and Nicholas Hamilton (“Captain Fantastic”).
Muschietti directed “IT” from a screenplay by Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman, based on the novel by King. Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg and Barbara Muschietti are the producers, with Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Walter Hamada, Marty P. Ewing, Doug Davison and Jon Silk serving as executive producers.
The behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Chung-Hoon Chung (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”), production designer Claude Paré (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), editor Jason Ballantine (“The Great Gatsby”), and costume designer Janie Bryant (TV’s “Mad Men”). The music was composed by Benjamin Wallfisch.
It opens on September 8th, 2017.