A couple of weeks ago we had a release of the new Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) in Andrés Muschietti new upcoming remake of Stephen King’s IT.
All we had was the headshot, but today the new evil clown has been revealed in all his glory and I have to say, I like it….I like it a lot!
As you can see, what works in its favour is the fact that its so different to the iconic look made famous by Tim Curry in the 1990′ TV series.
Costume Designer Janie Bryant had this to say to Entertainment Weekly about her design for Pennywise:
“That pleating is actually Fortuny pleating, which gives it almost a crepe-like effect. It’s a different technique than what the Elizabethans would do. It’s more organic, it’s more sheer. It has a whimsical, floppy quality to it. It’s not a direct translation of a ruff or a whisk, which were two of the collars popular during the Elizabethan period.”
“There is almost a doll-like quality to the costume. The pants being short, the high waistline of the jacket, and the fit of the costume is a very important element. It gives the character a child-like quality.”
With Stranger Things proving a huge successful hit on Netfilx and with comparisons to IT, there is new found interest in Pennywise and this could well be a one of the better remakes of recent times. Like I have said many times before, apart from a killer performance by Curry himself, the original was let down by a dumb ending and if there is one horror that can be improved on out there, then IT is the one….
Over to you then Andrés Muschietti