IT is one of Stephen King’s most famous novels. The story has haunted readers since 1986 and has since been adapted into a 1990 miniseries that featured an iconic performance from Tim Curry as Pennywise the Clown. Now, The King classic will be brought to the big screen for the first time with Mama director Andrés Muschietti bringing it to life with actor Bill Skarsgård donning the clown makeup.
When the first trailer for IT was released, it broke records as the most-viewed trailer debut of all-time. The iconic nature of this story as well as the remarkable visual storytelling that this trailer showcased has left audiences excited to see the Losers’ Club on their perilous quest.
The story confronts fear and trauma that would require an R-Rating to do the novel justice. Thankfully, Muschietti had the luxury of bringing the darker, disturbing elements to the screen so nothing would be held back. When speaking to a French magazine called Mad Movies, the filmmaker expressed his satisfaction with that approach:
“From our very first discussion with the people from New Line, it was understood that the movie was gonna be rated R. Of course it was already crazy that they started a story revolving around the death of children. But if you aimed for a PG-13 movie, you had nothing at the end. So we were very lucky that the producers didn’t try to stop us. In fact it’s more our own moral compass that sometimes showed us that some things lead us in places where we didn’t want to go.”
IT is shaping up to be an exciting theatrical experience that will certainly leave a new generation of audiences cowering in their seats. Hopefully, Muschietti’s vision of the story as well as the young cast’s performances do the book justice.
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Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel. A group of young kids face their biggest fears when they seek answers to the disappearance of children in their hometown of Derry, Maine. They square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
Directed by Andrés Muschietti and starring Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton and Jackson Robert Scott, IT floats into theaters on September 8, 2017.