Stephen King’s literary works have been adapted into countless films & mini-series over the years and no signs of slowing down are shown as feature films of The Stand, The Ten O’Clock People & even a reboot of Carrie are now entering production. The long gestating remake of IT can be added to the upcoming slate now that Warner Bros. and Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, Sin Nombre) are attached to bring Pennywise & the kids of the Loser Club to the big screen. That’s not the only exciting part – King’s book will be split into two films & it will be very true to the source material, which naturally will carry an R-rating. Frankly, this is good.
I unashamedly adore the 1990 TV adaptation of IT. Despite the first half being much better than the second, the highlights are Tim Curry’s haunting method embodiment of Pennywise the clown. Plus it’s directed by Halloween III‘s Tommy Lee Wallace, so nuff said. I’ve just begun reading the novel and from the get go it’s clear this is an epic story, spanning the characters teenage years & adulthood, with plenty of graphic moments that can only be fleshed out with an R rating. Splitting it into two films gives it ample room to serve the novel justice. The talent behind this makes it seem almost too good to be true but I for one am eagerly anticipating this. No word on casting yet but I’d assume a 2013 is being targeted so more tidbits should be released as the project chugs closer to filming.
What say you Fright readers? Excited to see a big studio adaptation of one of King’s best books? Who would you want to see don the red nose of Pennywise? As always, sound off in the comments!
Synopsis: “A promise made twenty-eight years ago calls seven adults to reunite in Derry, Maine, where as teenagers they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Unsure that their Losers Club had vanquished the creature all those years ago, the seven had vowed to return to Derry if IT should ever reappear. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that summer return as they prepare to do battle with the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers once more.”