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Port Hope Gets Transformed for Stephen King’s ‘It’

The small town of Port Hope in Southern Ontario is getting a facelift as it transforms into Derry, Maine, the setting of Stephen King’s It. Small things are being updated, like store signs, which movies are playing at the local theater, and even the erection of a statue of Paul Bunyan. All of this is to allow the film to shoot from today through next Monday, according to Northumberland News. Photos of the changes can be seen below.

Directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), the two-part film will see the first segment released on September 8th, 2017.

The book follows these characters as children and then again years later as adults when they come together to face their fears one last time in the hopes of defeating their foe.

It also stars Bills Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown, Owen Teague (“Bloodline”), Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween ), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy ), Chosen Jacobs (Cops and Robbers) and Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ant-Man).

[H/T Northumberland News]



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  • Dumbleburn

    Oooh I hope it’s going to be great.
    A true It movie, as creepy as the book. The tv movie from 90 was quite good, but it was so “gentle” compared to the book. We need an amazing adaptation !

    • Khy

      I still adore the ’90 movie, it was the best they could do at the time and considering it was for TV. But it’ll definitely be nice to have something much closer to the book. So excited!

  • billbixby219

    i really hope this is a hard R, lost a little bit of excitment with fukunaga dropping out but this is helping to pick it back up

  • Khy

    My God I’m getting chills! The Paul Bunyan statue! Those who read the novel will know why that’s so fucking exciting!

    • Evan3

      Damn Khy, are you being paid to pimp this film? It’s simply set design, not a peak into Heaven. Call me when Muschetti makes a good film so I can actually get excited for the film.

      • Khy

        Sorry for being optimistic, asshole. Though yes, I wish I was getting paid to pimp any movie. I could use the coins.

        • Evan3

          LOL – I’d pimp a film in a minute for cash too. In any event, way to overreact to my post… asshole (does us cursing each other out make us friends now?!)

          • Khy

            Hmmm….You seem hot. Let’s hook up. Call me. 😉

    • whatwhocares

      As soon as I saw that, I geeked out lol

      • Khy

        Thank God I wasn’t the only one! Haha

  • Lucca Cantisano

    Just wish this isn’t PG-13 and that it doesn’t focus on the clown form only. They already lost a great director, hope they don’t fuck up the script, too.

    • Grimphantom

      Wasn’t the original PG-13 as well? As long they keep the creepy scenes that would be fine, i mean original didn’t had much gore to begin it.

      Hope so tho the set is looking good so that’s a good sign.

      • Lucca Cantisano

        I never expect good things from films once they lose directors due to “creative differences”

        • Khy

          Ok…

    • The original was made for TV and was not rated at the time. They can do it PG13 and still make a good movie because IT didn’t need gore to be a scary movie.

      • Khy

        And even though the novel is very graphic and very much R rated- A PG-13 rating still wouldn’t hurt the material as long as these elements are on point- 1) The characters 2) The atmosphere 3) The horror. Nail those three elements and you will have captured the core spirit of the novel and that’s what I’m concerned about, not really the gore.
        That being said it’s been confirmed this will be R. So that’s good too.

      • Grimphantom

        Nope, Pennywise was already terrifying and no need of showing the blood, the only scenes that required was with the pic book and the bath tub at the end but it’s not something that required to be gory.

      • Lucca Cantisano

        Yeah, except the TV movie isn’t a good movie at all, people love it mostly for the memories.

        • Khy

          Except nobody appointed you as the spokesperson for every one who enjoys the TV movie. Speak for yourself and yourself only, you come off more intelligent when you do that.

          What’s “good” and isn’t “good” is subjective and up to that particular person to decide. Not you.

    • Daniel Baldwin

      I have yet to see them say anywhere that it’ll be clown form only. They’ve only stated that they’re doing something different than the Universal Monsters used in the book. They just haven’t said exactly what those differences will be. Given that the Paul Bunyan statue makes an appearance above, I’m guessing that at least that sequence will still carry over.

      • Lucca Cantisano

        I never said they did confirm it at all, just stated what my hopes were for the movie, since they already lost a good director for creative differences, which means the studio is trying to control the movie a bit too much.

        • Khy

          I tried posting a picture from the director’s instagram but BD wouldn’t approve it- but it shows a severed child head floating in water(yes, it’s his official instagram). May not mean too much but it was still unsettling to say the least which is good in this case.

  • Grimphantom

    I’m really liking the setting of the town, the atmosphere does give it that vibe from the old days. The cast so far look great and the town looking good, we just hope Pennywise aside of looking creepy, his performance is terrifying and the script we’ll get winner.

    • Khy

      I really can’t wait to see even more. I haven’t been this excited about a horror movie production in a LONG while.

      • Grimphantom

        I know what you mean, i usually don’t get excited over movie production unless they make a documentary but looking at all this does give you alot of hype to see what they will show next…..imaging the trailer….

        • Khy

          I’m just a little disappointed they’re not filming Part 2 back to back with this. Seems like they’re focusing on getting Part 1 filmed, ready, and released and then will focus on the second movie which…meh is Ok I guess but I worry about what if this one doesn’t do well or flops regardless of the quality? We could kiss a conclusion goodbye. That’s what I don’t like. HOPEFULLY after filming finishes(I think it goes until September 6th) then maybe the writers can start writing the second movie around October/November and perhaps Part 2 could start filming next summer- that way even If Part 1 doesn’t do all that well when it releases we’ll know for sure we’re still getting the second part. Fingers crossed man!

          • Grimphantom

            I think the reason is because it took so long to be made so it’s understandable that they are just filming the first part.

            I know that the TV movie differ from the book but can’t really help myself if the 2nd part will be as good since honestly it wasn’t that terrifying, especially with Pennywise where he was acting more of a clown than a sinister creature tho i still praise Tim Curry since he did made me laugh in that Library scene.

            I do wish if the kids try to be more like detectives and try to resolve the mystery behind Pennywise and Derry.

            If the guys behind movie gives us a creepy Pennywise both psychical and acting along with a story that just as terrifying but also hook us on what’s going to happen next i think part 2 will be a go.

          • Khy

            Fuck, I’m about to re-read the book now. I’m too excited.

          • Grimphantom

            btw have you notice the movie theater that has Batman and lethal Weapon 2? Does appear that it will take place in 1989 this movie.

          • Khy

            Yup. First part- 1989. Second Part- Present.
            27 years like in the book.

  • EvilHead1981

    I just hope they pull off a convincing 1989(which is when this part is set). So far it looks to take more look from earlier. The only thing telling it’s the late 80s is the marquee at the movie theater. Wonder if they are keeping the name, or plan on calling it the Aladdin, like in the novel.

    • Khy

      Well in a sense I actually like the fact that despite this being 1989 the town still gives off a 1950s vibe. Derry, Maine seems like a town that wouldn’t progress much no matter how much the outside world has changed. I wouldn’t be surprised if when the Adult Losers return in the second film- it’ll still look mostly the same in present day(2017/2018) . Some places are simply timeless.

  • Joey Guy Meade

    YES! It looks like they are bringing the book to life!! You can tell by the Paul Bunyan statue!

  • whatwhocares

    I’m sad Cary isn’t a part of it because it would’ve looked AMAZING and sold the creep factor, but this looks like they’re paying attention to even the smallest details so that is pretty neat. Plus, I adore Bill so it is a win / win for me~

    • Evan3

      When they lost Fukunaga, they lost my money! I wish it was the same for more people.

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