Stephen King’s IT Directed by Andy Muschietti
Written by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary Dauberman
Starring Bill SkarsgÃ¥rd, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton, Jackson Robert Scott
Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date: September 8, 2017
The first adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel It was a 1990 mini-series starring Tim Curry as the child-eating monster. The ambitious project from director Tommy Lee Wallace tried in vain to fit all 1,100 pages of King’s epic novel into two 2-hour blocks and the results were a mixed bag. The first half is nearly universally beloved thanks to some great child acting and Curry chewing the scenery and stealing nights of sleep as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. The second half focuses on the adults 27 years later returning to stop the evil again and it falters heavily from cheesy overacting and a universally “be-loathed” giant spider ending.
Coincidentally, it’s 27 year later, and Mama director Andy Muschietti took what worked back in 1990 and focused an entire film on it with Stephen King’s IT.
The release of the new adaptation of Stephen King‘s horror favorite IT draws ever closer, and marketing is in full swing.
A new featurette for the movie has been released, which is titled “Face Your Fears.” The featurette includes plenty of clips from the movie, paired with interviews with various cast and crew, including King.
The terrifying being known simply as “It” from Stephen King’s It, which has haunted most people’s childhood in its most familiar form, Pennywise the Clown (played memorably by Tim Curry in the 1990 TV miniseries adaptation), has been cast for the upcoming new movie adaptation of the book…and it is without a doubt an actor far, far away from the actors you were thinking might be cast.
It’s being reported that Will Poulter, the 22-year-old British actor best known for his roles in the comedy We’re the Millers and The Maze Runner, is in negotiations to play Pennywise.
Another classic Stephen King novel is being adapted into a feature film… make that two feature films. Interestingly enough the project has also attracted an up-and-coming director.
The author’s epic 1986 horror tale It, which had been previously made into a four-hour miniseries for ABC in 1990 under the direction of Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III: Season of the Witch), is on track to become a two-part movie with Sin Nombre director Cary Fukunaga calling the shots. Fukunaga will also be teaming with relative newcomer Chase Palmer to write the screenplay adaptation.
Fukunaga previously filmed another literary adaptation: last year’s Jane Eyre, based on the celebrated Charlotte Bronte novel. Prior to working on It, Palmer tackled the writing duties on the long-in-development film of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic Dune.