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‘It’ Wraps Filming: Pennywise Jack-in-the-Box Revealed

The book-to-film adaptation of Stephen King’s It has wrapped, according to a photograph producer Barbara Muschietti posted on Instagram. The photo itself is of a weathered jack-in-the-box with Pennywise as the clown that pops out. The design is the same as the photograph that came out earlier this year.

Muschietti writes:

And yes, it’s a wrap on #itthemovie. Thank you amazing cast and crew for this magical journey. And thank you #stephenking for giving us this tale.

You can see the photo of the jack-in-the-box, which I would TOTALLY play with if I had one, below.

In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers’ Club come face to face with life problems, bullies, and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.

Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor are the modern Losers’ Club, seven kids who are terrorized by Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard).

Creature performer Javier Botet will play The Leper, and Owen Teague plays Patrick Hocksetter, a bully who torment the Losers’ Club.

Andy Muschietti (Mama) directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman and Chase Palmer. Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, and Barbara Muschietti produce.



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  • So did they film Parts 1 and 2 back to back? Or have they only wrapped the first half?

    • Khy

      Part 1 is solely about the kids. Part 2 won’t film until AFTER Part 1 is released. They’re seeing it as two separate films. The first movie revolves strictly around the kids and the sequel if it happens will be them returning as adults.

      • Yeah I knew they were splitting it for the two different time periods. It seems risky though not to shoot them back to back (à la Lord of the Rings). What if the first one bombs?

        • The Drucifer

          Then we’ll never get the sequel. Partly why I’m worried about this adaptation

          • Gavin Dobbs

            To be fair, all the really good stuff happens during the kids period. The second period of the book is when that “true form” shit happens.

          • Georgie’s Arm

            In the book, the kids encounter It’s true form as well.

          • The Drucifer

            I will always love your handle.

          • The Drucifer

            It’s true but you can make an emotionally affecting sequel, something we never get. I’m afraid though that with the lack of adults in the first we won’t have any emotional connection to them when/if the sequel is made.

          • Khy

            I get what you mean. But if the actors have chemistry they’ll do just fine and the audience will connect. I really thought the adult cast in the miniseries had great chemistry and also reflected their younger selves extremely well. Looked like them too. The casting will be the deciding factor for Part 2- especially if the kids do an excellent job in the first.

            I think us getting a WHOLE movie to the kids and a whole movie for the adults is best- they each get more of a tighter narrative focus. Going back and forth worked well for the miniseries but I’m not sure it’d work well on the big screen. Plus most people prefer the kids portion so to have near 2 hours of that uninterrupted will be nice.

        • Khy

          Then we better hope that in the event that 1 bombs that it has a satisfying enough conclusion. 🙁 Sucks, I know but I guess WB wants to make sure a second film is worth it as far as money is concerned.

          • True. Although, unless the film is a complete pile of crap I’m sure they’ll make their money back. Do you know what the budget was?

          • Georgie’s Arm

            Between 20-30 million. Shouldn’t be that hard to make that back.

          • Khy

            I’ve heard combined it would be 35 million for both but I don’t know if I believe that. I think it’s 35 million for this one.

          • 35 for both sounds about right. I seriously have no idea the last time we got a horror film made for more than 20 million. Yes, Crimson Peak had a budget of close to 40 but that was far from straight horror.

    • Fracassi

      I questioned that myself, since, if we were going by the book, that Jack in the Box would most likely be featured in part 2. From the other comments though they are filming separately. Interesting.

  • Khy

    Oh this movie will be DELICIOUS. I just re-read the novel and now I’m even more pumped.

    This film is a blessing from the almighty.

  • Khy

    Pennywise is wearing the gray suit and orange pom poms in that picture! Kick ass!

    • Georgie’s Arm

      Plus he has his orange hair and silver eyes. He very much looks like the book version in this picture 🙂

  • Calavera

    I’m still really excited for this movie! The new Pennywise looks amazing, in my opinion. I know, fans of the original are already complaining about the new style, but I think it fits the character perfectly and is more than a ‘modern version’ of a movie that already exists.

  • Grandpa Fred

    In the words of Stan Uris, “Thass bout some bullshit.”

  • Reanimated Charlie

    I still can’t get over how terrible Pennywise looks.

    • Grimphantom
      • Reanimated Charlie

        Hey. Its just my opinion. You don’t have to care so much about it there, sour grapes.

        • Grimphantom

          And you shouldn’t care much about this movie if you know it won’t be good……..

          • Reanimated Charlie

            I’m a fan of both the book and the TV movie. I’ve been following the project since when Fukunaga was still attached to it. Oh, and can you point out the part where I said the movie was not going to be any good? Yeah, I don’t see it either. I said I can’t get over at how terrible Pennywise looks. Thats my personal opinion. I’m more of a less is more kind of guy. If you get offended easily by people’s opinions then don’t bother going through comment sections. Simple.

          • Khy

            “Ha! That evil child-eating mayhem hungry shape-shifting alien from outterspace posing as a demonic clown looks terrible!”

            -Actual complaint on the internet.

          • It looks dumb. Instead of a scary monster that assumes the form of a benevolent clown to lure children into sewers, it looks like a generic, Blumhouse horror villain.

          • Khy

            Have you read the novel? I just finished re-reading it. Pennywise doesn’t “lure” children. If you read the book, other than when he first meets Georgie, Pennywise is depicted as terrifying and unnerving. Lions teeth, silver dollar for eyes. When Mike first sees Pennywise during the parade- he’s unsettled, the kids Pennywise is passing balloons to are crying and don’t want to be around him. The whole “Oh, he HAS to look like an ordinairy clown to lure kids” stuff people keep talking about is complete and utter bullshit. Pennywise wants to SCARE children because IT feeds off their fear, not their happiness. It does say that IT chose a clown if a child NEEDED to be lured, but never in the novel does it state it “lures children”. IT is an eternal creature that revels in the fear of Children and when it does appear to kids in the novel its always TERRIFYING.

          • Reanimated Charlie
          • Reanimated Charlie

            Triggered.

          • Weresmurf

            You’re about the first person I’ve ever seen on a message board who seems to have taken the time to actually read, know and understand the source material properly 🙂 Believe me, true fans of IT, rather than people who just know the old (highly inaccurate) tv movie, appreciate this.

          • Khy

            Haha thanks. Most people just go off what other people say and then it creates this loud ass echo of stuff that isn’t even supported by the book.

          • Reanimated Charlie
          • Grimphantom

            Uh, you’re the one who’s got offended with this long nonsense comment over being a fan of the book and tv movie…….You should learn to heed your own advise

  • Saturn

    Hopefully it’s not (sh)IT.

    • Matt

      IT will BE the SHIT!

  • thelastlion

    Meh. Im still waiting on the childsplay remake.

    • Grimphantom
    • Reanimated Charlie

      At least Brad Dourif is supposed to be on that besides The Curse of Chucky was a nice return to form for the Child’s Play franchise.

    • Khy

      You’re going to be waiting for a long ass time then. Mancini was going to remake Child’s Play but MGM owns the original film and the title and that company is damn near dead. Mancini made the right move with going to Universal and just making an awesome sequel. Curse Of Chucky did every thing he wanted the remake to do- it brought the series back to be somewhat serious while also pleasing both sets of fans(Those who like the Child’s Play trilogy AND those who like the “Of Chucky” films). Film raked in the cash big time. No need for a remake. I hate to think how it would’ve been if a theatricle remake was released instead…blah. In this case a home video sequel was the best idea.

      • thelastlion

        I heard that mancini teased the script and production of a new chucky movie in the works? I have to google it.

        • Yes, they keep dropping little tid bits. Fiona Dourif and Jennifer Tily have stated they will be back, but so far there’s nothing official. :/ here’s hoping it’s just as good as Curse.

  • DBZEROGRAVITY

    I was worried those were buck teeth… the jack in the box confirms it. I really hope this movie is good

    • REC03

      i agree. it looks goofy af. otherwise i don’t mind the look.

      • Bla Blah

        its is supposed to look goofy and whimsical. Tats the entire point of why It takes the form of a clown.

  • Fracassi

    Outside of Pennywise, Patrick Hocksetter was by far the creepiest character in the book for me.

    • Khy

      It was so hard reading that chapter about what he did to his little brother. I also found it disturbing how IT didn’t even know what to appear as to scare him because he was a complete and utter sociopathic lunatic that truly wasn’t scared of anything. So IT kept morphing and changing but failing to materialize. I hope that makes it in. Hopefully Patrick isn’t just played off as a generic henchman for Henry. He already has Belch and Victor for that. Let Patrick be the true loony toon he is

  • Fracassi

    From what I understand, the kid’s story takes place in the early 1980s and the adults are present day (please correct me if I’m wrong, I may very well be). How cool would it be to get 1980’s horror icons to scare the kids when Pennywise adapts to their fears? Especially, if they through JAWS in as a little nod to the book, but also add Freddy, Jason, Michael Meyer. I only say this because the book had the 1950s horror creatures. Anyway, I hope the movie is good. My expectations are somewhat tempered, but I am leaning toward the positive based on the crew and cast.

    • Khy

      Georgie’s death happens in fall 1988 and the rest of the film takes place in summer 1989(as evidence by the Batman and Lethal Weapon poster at the Aladdin Theater set). Them returning as adults to Derry will of course take place in Present day- the late 2010s. I actually really like the time change mainly beause if I had to choose any era for the store to take place in that wasn’t the 50s I’d choose the 80s. It’s a distinctive period with its own style that is still influential- most adults 35 and over grew up in the 80s and can relate to that time, it’s a lot more relevant. What alot of people fail to take into account is the reason why King set the novel in the late 50s was because that’s when HE was a kid, that’s the time HE grew up- so naturally he’ll depict that time. Now the director and crew behind this adapatation grew up in the 80s so its kinda cool this adaptation will mirror that. I mean the struggles the characters face- Being bullyied, abused, ostracized- are timeless themes.

      As far as having famous horror icons as manifistations- I doubt it, too gimicky and would take you out of the movie. They said the fears will be mostly personal this go around.

      I more so interested on what changes they may make to IT’s feeding cycle. In the novel, IT feeds for a year or year and a half, sometimes it may go longer(I think one period it fed for 3 years straight) but it sleeps between 25-27 years then awakens again. Based on some of the missing kids posters that were posted on instagram back when they first started shooting, seems like kids had been missing as early as 1982. So I’m starting to think maybe in this film IT feeds for 10 years and then sleeps for 30? This takes place in 1989 and by the time we get the second one with them returning to finish IT as adults it’d be 2019- that’d be 30 years later. But all this is just a guess on my part lol

      • Fracassi

        Right, Bill talked to the skateboard kid who said a friend of his saw Jaws. You are definitely much more on top if this than me. I agree that it would too gimmicky. Wasn’t sure of the direction, but the leper mentioned in the article was one of my favorite parts of the book; but then again, so was the Creature From the Black Lagoon (where’s the zipper?). Nice point on the timeline!

        • Khy

          I thought the Creature From The Black Lagoon was totally creepy- I would hope that would make it in. No matter the time period seeing some dark nasty oozy creature rising from the depths of the murky canal to come after you will ALWAYS be terrifying. Though I think to help flesh out the second movie about the adults- they could always include the Eddie Cocoran/Creature From The Black Lagoon scene in that one. I always felt like Eddie’s death and his backstory about his brother and crazy step-father didn’t really fit in much with the Losers narrative- but it could be a pretty interesting start to the new cycle in the second movie IF for some reason they don’t go with Andrian Mellon’s death as the opening.

          • I did read at some point they stated they wouldn’t be doing The Creature as it wouldn’t have the same reverence to the kids in this film (or modern audiences) as it did to the kids in the novel. I actually just started reading the novel for the first time, and it really is genuinely unnerving.

          • Khy

            Haha good luck. I just re-read it- took me about two weeks to finish as I was reading an hour here and an hour there. That book is mammoth and thats what I love about it. No matter how good or bad this adaptation will be- the novel is one gigantic movie itself. So descriptive and visual. Movies are fun to look at but nothing takes you TO DERRY like the novel.

            I’m re-reading Carrie now

          • Weresmurf

            It could still work well, the kids see, say, Jason Voorhees walking through the Forest, they see Jaws swimming through the canals. That sort of thing (licensing obviously would be a nightmare and Platinum Dunes doesn’t play nice 😉 ).

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