The TV mini-series of Stephen King’s It was highly effective, and it’s remembered by many as something which really frightened them when they were young. I find clowns creepy myself [I still can’t get my head around the fact that such hideous things are largely for kids], so it still worked quite well for me when I bought it on DVD. There’s no doubt though that a remake is justifiable [unlike many of the other remakes out there] because the 1991 Tim Curry-starrer had to pull its punches somewhat because of the confines of network TV. Horror fans will be pleased to learn that, in an interview with Collider, producer Roy Lee has confirmed that the script they have is for an R-rated version of the story. However, what’s also interesting is the way they’re going to shoot the movie.
“It is very close to the source material in one way but very different if you look at it as a literary piece of work… We’re taking it and making the movie from the point of view of the kids, and then making another movie from the point of view of the adults, that could potentially then be cut together like the novel. But it’s gonna be a really fun way of making this movie”.
Rumours were going around a short while ago that the film will be released in two parts, but it now seems that they are either just going to cut two versions together, or use the version which works better. It was because they were only going to make one movie that Cary Fukunaga was reputed to have left the project, but soon after that news it was rumoured that there were going to be two films. Now it seems that there both will both two movies and one movie, if that makes sense. Only one will end up in cinemas, so King’s huge novel will be condensed a great deal, but what’s the betting that the alternate version will come out on Blu-ray?
Mama’s Andy Muschietti is still supposed to be directing, Chase Palmer and David Kajganich have written the script, and Will Poulter probably playing Pennywise, though I can’t see him bettering Tim Curry can you? The story follows seven outcast children who come together over summer break to take on a shape-shifting creature troubling their town, only to face their own personal demons in the process.