If the first social media reactions to Andrés Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s IT hint at anything, it looks like we finally have the onscreen adaptation that this classic story deserves. Right from the first trailer, it seemed that Muschietti nailed the story tenfold even with the perfect aesthetic in bringing the book to life.
Of course, IT would fail if the director did not know how to direct child actors – especially in terrifying circumstances like what the Loser’s Club experience. Also, Bill Skarsgard has some pretty big shoes to fill to play Pennywise the Clown after an iconic performance delivered by Tim Curry.
The process in bringint IT to life was not easy. The two-part story was originally going to be directed by Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation) but he departed from the project due to creative differences. Thankfully, Muschietti seems like the right candidate to take over the film.
A special B-Roll of the upcoming film has been released. Here, you see the young actors and Skarsgard filming some scenes for what is shaping up to be a terrifying and fun experience at the movie theater. You can see the behind the scenes reel down below.
There is one particular moment in this B-Roll that is truly unsettling. Without giving too much away to preserve a viewer’s reaction, it involves Pennywise. If it is unsettling to watch something like that play out on a behind the scenes reel, imagine how it must play out in the film itself.
IT will bring terror to the big screen on September 8, 2017, featuring a cast that includes Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Clown, Jaeden Lieberher as Bill Denbrough, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben Hanscom, Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, Finn Wolfhard as Richie Tozier, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie Kaspbrak, Chosen Jacobs as Mike Hanlon, and Wyatt Oleff as Stanley Uris. A sequel covering the events from the second half of King’s book is planned (as this adaptation only covers the first half), although no release date has been set.