Stephen King has been tapping into the dark, freaky and creative side of the human psyche for decades. One of his books that was first published in 1986 entitled “It” was adapted into a 3 hour mini-series in 1990 and it scared the shit out of me. I never looked at clowns and spiders the same way after I saw that.
Great news is that an “It” movie is being released in September 2017. The film tells the story of seven children as they are terrorized by the eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey.”It” primarily appears in the form of a clown in order to attract its preferred prey of young children.”It” deals with themes that have become King staples: the power of memory, childhood trauma and the ugliness lurking behind a façade of traditional small-town values.
This movie is set to be released 27 years after the original television release. In the book, it is mentioned that “It” returns to Derry approximately every 27 years. Jonathan Brandis, who played young Bill in the original film, died at 27 years old. This movie released one month after Bill Skarsgard’s 27th birthday.
The Duffer Brothers originally wanted to direct the movie, but were overlooked as they were not “established” enough. They went on to create “Stranger Things”, which co-stars Finn Wolfhard and pays homage to Stephen King. The film will feature performances by Bill Skarsgård (who you might know from Netflix’s Hemlock Grove), Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer and Nicholas Hamilton.
Director Andres Muschietti promises that the big screen adaptation of IT will have more horror and gore, similar to the book. The original 1990 TV miniseries had some horror but no gore. You can definitely see it in the trailer (which was released yesterday):
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m definitely watching this film on the big screen in September. Let’s hope that “It” lives up to expectations.
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