Stephen King’s mammoth 1986 horror novel IT is considered one of the best works of the author’s illustrious career, and was previously adapted into a TV miniseries that was admittedly terrifying – thanks to Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise the Clown – but felt a bit watered-down when compared to the source material. And in the age of remakes and reboots, it’s no surprise that Hollywood is taking another crack at the book.
Mama director Andy Muschietti is behind the camera for this new version, which only covers about half of the novel about a group of kids in small-town Maine who team up to combat a sinister evil that haunts the area. If the film is successful, expect a sequel that covers the rest of the novel, which finds the kids regrouping 30 years later when the creature returns.
In the meantime, check out the first trailer for IT.
IT will open in theaters on September 8.
New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “IT,” directed by Andrés Muschietti (“Mama”), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.
When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
“IT” stars Bill Skarsgård (“Allegiant,” TV’s “Hemlock Grove”) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (“Midnight Special”), Jeremy Ray Taylor (“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”), Sophia Lillis (“37”), Finn Wolfhard (TV’s “Stranger Things”), Wyatt Oleff (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming “Cops and Robbers”), Jack Dylan Grazer (“Tales of Halloween”) and Nicholas Hamilton (“Captain Fantastic”).
Muschietti directed “IT” from a screenplay by Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman, based on the novel by King.