IT is one of Stephen King’s most beloved stories. The book was previously adapted into a two-part miniseries in 1990 with actor Tim Curry in the role of Pennywise the Clown. Although the miniseries has its fans, this big screen adaptation of the King novel seems to fit more with the sensibilities of modern filmmaking than the original adaptation did.
The film has already been screened for advance audiences, and much of the reactions on social media have been pretty positive. In fact, you can count Stephen King himself as another person enthusiastic about how Andrés Muschietti’s vision turned out.
Stephen Kingrecently spoke about the new film, and interestingly enough, the finished product exceeded his expectations:
“I had hopes, but I was not prepared for how good it really was. It’s something that’s different, and at the same time, it’s something that audiences are gonna relate to. They’re gonna like the characters. To me, it’s all about character. If you like the characters… if you care… the scares generally work. I’m sure my fans will enjoy the movie. I think they’re gonna really enjoy the movie. And I think some of them will go back two or three times and actually savor the thing. I went back and saw it a second time, and I felt I was seeing things the second time through that I missed the first time.”
Of course, some may take Stephen King’s enthusiasm for the movie with a grain of salt. After all, he is helping the studio in promoting the film so it can attain more success at the box office.
But this endorsement by Stephen King should encourage fans of the book no matter what. For one, King’s comments should bode confidence in audiences who have read the novel because no one knows these characters better than the author himself. You can watch King’s interview down below.
Here is the synopsis for IT:
When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, neighborhood kids band together to square off against Pennywise, an evil clown whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
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, although no release date has been set.