Andy Muschietti‘s adaptation of Stephen King’s IT is tracking pretty high for eventual box office success. Currently, the film is looking to be #1 in its opening weekend at potentially $60 million for the upcoming horror movie based on King’s classic.
The high box office expectations should not be a surprise, especially after the film’s first teaser debuted to incredible success. When it first premiered, the teaser excited viewers who read the book and remembered the original miniseries which featured Tim Curry as Stephen King’s Pennywise.
The marketing campaign for the film has had a significant focus on Georgie in his yellow raincoat and Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård). The trailers have teased the story’s famous scene in which Georgie tragically dies after being lured by Pennywise.
We have been given hints as to how the film will portray this scene. Recently, Muschietti spoke with Collider about that particular scene, to which he expresses that it will be pretty gruesome in his film:
“Yeah. And it’s a bit of, this is how it happened. But you have to know something, which is, maybe that you shouldn’t publish it, but in this story, there is no confirmation that Georgie is dead. He’s attacked by Pennywise, and he’s missing an arm, and he tries to get away from the sewer, like he’s dragged into it again, leaving a trail of blood, but his body is never found. And that’s what prompts Bill, that’s basically Bill’s motivation in the story, is finding Georgie alive.”
Hopefully, Muschietti does Stephen King’s classic justice. If the trailers and TV spots are to be believed, the film could live up to the iconic nature of the book and can also be a great horror film in its own right. Perhaps, audiences will float too.
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.