Stephen King’s It is one of the seminal works of horror. One of the biggest reasons people cite a fear of clowns likely stems from King’s massive tome of terror, and the famous 90s mini-series that was adapted from the book. Now Pennywise the Dancing Clown is hitting the big screen in Andrés Muschietti’s It. This big screen take on It has had a rocky road: Cary Fukunaga had spent years developing the film, but set-backs and studio troubles got in the way and Fukunaga walked. Enter Muschietti, who directed the stylish but ultimately disappointing Mama. As Muschietti’s It was filming, something unexpected happened: Stranger Things arrived on Netflix and become a massive hit. As luck would have it, one of Stranger Things‘ stars, Finn Wolfhard, is in It, which will no doubt serve as a nice bit of cross-promotion if the producers are hoping to cash-in on the Stranger Things craze.
You likely know the story: a group of friends, the self-dubbed Losers Club, have their summer ruined when their small town of Derry, Maine becomes the feeding grounds for a shape-shifting creature that tends to favor the shape of a malevolent sewer clown.
I’m not against a new take on It, although honestly I’d much rather have seen Fukunaga’s version. Anybody want to take Fukunaga and Chase Palmer’s unused It script and turn it into a graphic novel? Or better yet, anyone want to just email me a PDF of the script so I can read it?
For now, though, we have this new It, which revealed its first creepy trailer today. It looks promising, and Bill Skarsgård’s considerably young Pennywise will no doubt send shivers up the spines of coulrophobics. But updating It from the 1950s to the 1980s seems ill-advised, as the 50s were such an essential element to King’s novel. Ditto the fact that this film seems to only focus on the characters as kids, whereas King’s book jumped back and forth between childhood and adulthood. Watch the first trailer for the film below. It opens September 8, 2017.