It’s been a busy year for Stephen King fans — and there’s no stopping this fall! His next book to hit the big screen, It, has been buzzed about for months, and fans are anxious to see how the newest adaptation will compare both to King’s classic horror novel, as well as the 1990 miniseries starring Tim Curry as Pennywise. As the release date approaches, here are six things to know before seeing the new It movie, including what King himself thinks of it.
1. Stephen King approves of the film.
Stephen King is not one to hold back his opinion when it comes to adaptations of his books. (After all, it’s no secret that he is not a fan of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining adaptation). Although King wasn’t involved in this new It adaptation directed by Andy Muschietti, it was a huge relief for the It team to receive King’s blessing. Producer Seth Grahame-Smith shared on Instagram:
“Steve asked me to pass along that he saw a screening of It today and wanted to let everybody know that they should stop worrying about it as the producers have done a wonderful job with the production.”
2. This adaptation will only focus on the childhood sections of the book, with another film in the works.
In order to do justice to its source material, the upcoming film will focus only on the childhood storyline from King’s original work: Set in Derry, Maine, a group of pre-teen misfits called “The Losers Club” begins to experience the strange phenomenon known as “It.” (Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things plays young Richie Tozier). A sequel following the adult plotline of King’s original work is in the works.
3. Yes, the movie will include the murder at the beginning of the story.
Fans of the novel will recall that the story opens with Georgie Denbrough’s terrifying murder at the hands of Pennywise, and in this new adaptation, filmmakers will include this scene. However, Muschietti tells Collider, “In this story, there is no confirmation that Georgie is dead” because they never found his body. Muschietti explains that this lack of evidence further motivates the Losers to search for Georgie.
4. The new Pennywise is terrifying, and he creeped out actors on set.
While the film was in production, Bill Skarsgård, who plays Pennywise, walked onto set in full costume, terrifying a group of child extras. His iconic clown outfit was designed by Janie Bryant, who worked on costuming for shows like Mad Men. There’s no doubt that with this combination of costume, makeup, and Skarsgård’s sinister smile, viewers are in for a truly terrifying adaptation.
5. Get cozy — the film is going to be long.
Clocking in at two hours and 15 minutes, the movie promises to be a long, terrifying ride, and it’s rated R for all its horror.
6. The initial reviews are in, and they’re overwhelmingly positive!
The movie opens wide on September 8, but critics that got the chance to see it in advance are loving it. Anthony Breznican tweeted that it might be “one of the finest Stephen King adaptations ever made,” and Eric Eisenberg of CinemaBlend said “It is spectacular. Totally terrifying, but also amazing fun.”
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