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‘It’ Producer Confirms R-Rating, Filming to Start This Year

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Pennywise the Clown is on his way to the big screen. According to producer Roy Lee, “It” is targeting an R-rating for its latest adaptation and the studio plans to start shooting sometime later this year.

“It will hopefully be shooting later this year. We just got the California tax credit,” Lee told Collider. “Gary Doberman wrote the most recent draft working with [director] Andy Muscetti, so it’s being envisioned as two movies.”

“It is very close to the source material in one way but very different if you look at it as a literary piece of work,” he said of the story. “We’re taking it and making the movie from the point of view of the kids, and then making another movie from the point of view of the adults, that could potentially then be cut together like the novel. But it’s gonna be a really fun way of making this movie.”

Split into two films, the adaptation will tell the tale of a group of misfit children who come together one summer to confront the mysterious, shape-shifting monster that’s plagued their town, most frequently in the form of a clown. “It” was adapted in 1990 as a television miniseries, starring Tim Curry as Pennywise. However, it wasn’t until 2009 that Warner Bros. began its push to bring the decades-spanning, 900-page novel to the big screen.

“The Maze Runner” actor Will Plouffer was cast earlier as the terrifying clown Pennywise, but it’s unclear whether he’ll remain following Cary Fukanaga’s departure and resulting delay.

Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith and Jeffrey Katzenberg will produce the film, with “Mama’s” Andy Muschietti directing.

Comments

  • red vector

    Splitting “IT” into two films is probably the best way to go. The book itself suffers from being too long and should have edited down to about half of what it was.

  • Ben Phillips

    It’s gonna be twilight with a clown.

  • JG

    The R rating is good news. King is very very R rated, so his movies really need to be.

    For 50s portion, the film better have the Stand By Me feel. I bet it either won’t or will just suck at it. This movie needs old school filmmaking techniques and styles. I bet the studio will force “cool” and “modern” junk into it to ruin it.

    “It” is just not filmable and most King adaptations really really disappoint. The Stand, the TV version of Shining, Carrie, Misery, Deadzone, and Hooper’s Salems’ Lot are the only horror ones (not drama, etc) that have worked for me.

  • JG

    Actually, I left out Pet Sematary and Cujo as good King movies.

  • virgil

    Not “The Mist” or 1408?

  • virgil

    Not “The Mist” or 1408?

  • Sean McCready

    Yeah, The Mist was outstanding. Having the different ending that it did really elevated it from the typical monster movie. The original Carrie was great and also had a fantastic ending. That last scene at the gravesite is one of if not the best jump scare in film history. Kubrick’s Shining is excellent. It wasn’t as faithful to the source as Mr King wanted, but to be honest, what works in a book doesn’t always translate into film. Kubrick made choices to alter or exclude elements which when compared to the “more accurate” mini-series are shown to have been correct. Hedge monsters were scary when you read about them, and you weren’t certain if the movements were just imagined etc. They were not at all scary when CGI’d. And Danny’s buddy Tony was far creepier as a creaky voice and a wiggling finger than some Touched by an Angel reject floating above everybody.

    A huge slice of “It” falls into the better in a book category, unfortunately. It is really hard to convey that inner feeling of terror that each of the characters felt, since Pennywise was able to play upon personal fears etc. The spooky clown elements and the murder and havok that he brought to the town over the years are what will work well on the silver screen. Hopefully they focus on that and avoid some of the “deep personal fear” elements which made the miniseries a bit of a bore.

    Overall, I think that adaptations of Stephen King’s books have been fairly good. There are some obvious stinkers, but as often as not the filmakers have managed to get the core elements right. And with a significant number (both scary and not) they have hit em out of the park.

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