Stephen King’s IT is considered to be one of his best works, and as such, the pressure’s on for director Andrés Muschietti (Mama) and the rest of the crew to do the story justice. Well, based on a recent post from someone close to King, looks like the people handling the remake can take a huge sigh of relief – the author saw the film early and he loved every minute of it.
IT producer Seth Grahame-Smith (The LEGO Batman Movie) saw a recent post on the forums section of Stephen King’s official website that made his day:
The message was delivered by Marsha DeFilippo, who has served as a long-time assistant to King – and given her closeness to the author, this doesn’t seem like the kind of standard contractually-obligated praise that comes with most major Hollywood adaptations. The work was previously adapted as a television miniseries, and while Tim Curry’s performance as the titular antagonist was praised, the series has been met with criticism in the years following its release.
The film focuses solely on the first half of the novel which concerns the Loser’s Club (a group of friends who are all unpopular) and their attempt to stop the murderous demon Pennywise when the adults are unable to do anything. The remake differs from the source material in terms of when it takes place – in the original, the first incident with IT happens in the 1950s, while in this version, the encounter happens in the 1980s.
IT will be released on September 8, 2017, featuring a cast that includes Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise/IT, 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 the book is planned, although no release date has been set.