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Stephen King’s ‘It’ to Film Next Summer!

In this morning’s article revealing that siblings Andy and Barbara Muschietti will produce In Shadows for Alex and David Pastor, Variety got some fresh info on Pennywise’s pending return.

Andy Muschietti, director and producer of Guillermo del Toro’s Mama, is preparing It, the long-gestured and troubled Stephen King adaptation that would be made as two features.

Recently announced, Andy Muschietti substituted Cary Fukunaga on the New Line project.

Shooting is now set to take place next summer, partly to allow for work with children, as they have the main roles in the first part.

Casting is currently underway, with Will Poulter (The Maze Runner, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) still in the mix for the role of Pennywise, the demonic clown. “Will Poulter would be a great option. For me he is at the top of my list,” Muschietti firmed up.

“King described 50s’ terror iconography,” he added. “And I feel there’s a whole world now to rediscover, to update. There won’t be mummies, werewolves. Terrors are going to be a lot more surprising.”

In 1960, seven outcast kids known as “The Loser Club” fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. 30 years later, they are called back to fight the same clown again.

Fukunaga’s vision for It was to create two separate films, one which tackled the protagonists as children and the second film to focus on them as adults.

  • Trisha Tachanawa

    So it sounds like they’re still planning two films? I’m glad Will Poulter is still onboard. I really hope this turns out to be a great adaption.

    • SRM

      A Theory: New terrors, eh? No werewolves and mummies, eh? Set in the 80s? Who scared kids in the 80s? Freddy and Jason… Who owns Freddy and Jason? New Line. Who is remaking IT? New Line… Wouldn’t necessarily be awful, so long as they stay away from jump scares and retain the psychological horror of the novel/first film. And they’ve been angling to bring Freddy back again since the reboot.

    • Karla

      I’m not, he’s crap. Worst casting ever. He should be played by a man in his 50’s not a 21 year old. It’s not even remotely scary.

  • James

    I’m excited but still hesitant

  • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

    Meh, I accept no substitutes. This CGI-loving Mama dude has nothing on Fukunaga and I’m going to pout and cross my arms and stomp my feet until we get Fukunaga back! :)…

    :(!!!

    • SugarShane333

      I was really excited when we were first told Fukunaga was directing. I avoided Mama and still have no interest in seeing it. I’m kinda in the same boat.

    • John

      There was very little CGI in Mama though.

    • Gareth Mee

      I think they should go with a different director, Guillermo del Toro or Rob Reiner would be my choices, even Peter Jackson would be a great choice but this guy from Mama, I didn’t even like that movie much, it was mediocre at best!

      • James

        I would still love to see Mike Flannagan do this instead of Gerald’s Game.

  • Jake

    I’ve read the script. I was terribly disappointed. I still don’t understand casting someone so young as Pennywise. It never states why they would need someone young in the script…

    • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

      and it also doesn’t state why they’d need someone old, either. who cares? will is a creepy, inspired choice.

      • James

        At first I was surprised by him as the choice but I have become more and more intrigued by what he will bring. I’m excited.

      • Karla

        He’s shite. It needs someone in his 50s to play the role.

    • Gadriel

      Supposedly they want a younger guy as it’s perceived that the kids would trust him more, being closer to their age than that of someone in their 40s.

      • Jake

        They don’t trust him. That’s the point…and I read the Fukunaga/Palmer version. It was just a long, wordy script, and nowhere near as scary as I assumed the film would be.

    • Fredrik Andrés Jansson

      Where did you get a hold of the script??

      Did you read the Fukunaga/palmer version or the slightly re-written one from Andy & Barbara Muschietti??

      • Igor Leoni

        I would like to know this too. Please answer 🙂

    • Igor Leoni

      Did you read the Fukunaga version?

  • Fracassi

    Hmm, not sure I understand taking away mummies and werewolves if it is set in 1960s for the childhood scenes. The whole book was about their fears, and for a lot of the kids the were projections of horror flicks that were around at the time. Mike Hanlon even fought Rodan, and one of the minor characters was killed by the Creature From the Black Lagoon (and he actually tried to find a zipper as he was dying, not believing it could be real).

  • REC03

    im hoping that all the CGI in Mama was studio mandated cause if not…im nervous. also i hope they don’t change Cary’s script completely. im going to refrain from getting my hopes up until we get a trailer.

  • ThunderDragoon

    That’s cool that it’s still being planned for two parts. And I like that Will Poulter is still at the top of the list for Pennywise. I really think he can pull it off.

  • Mauricio Takano

    I don’t think i liked the way the movie is going to be divided. It’s ok to have two movies, the problem is that part of the history is about them remembering all that happened to them when they were kids, and how they forgot. Things that they remember that helps them to understand and kill the thing in the end. Loved the first movie and the book, hope this one to be as good as those.

    • khail19

      i’m okay with it being in two parts for as long as part 1 won’t be exclusive to the kids and part 2 for the grown ups. the back and forth structure in the book was one of the things that made it my all time favorite.

      • Mauricio Takano

        Yeah, that’s what I meant. For what I undertood, the first movie will only have them as children and the second one will only have them as adults. I hope to be wrong about this, I hope there is all this back and forth, as the book did.

  • Amber Woodworth Pace

    First off, Pennywise was not a demonic clown. Pennywise was just one form of a shape shifting “eater of worlds”. Um, there “There won’t be mummies, werewolves. Terrors are going to be a lot more surprising.” — which means that it will be a whole lot of liberties being taken. Count me out. I have even more respect for Fukunaga now — he left the project because he wanted to remain true to the story. This sounds like it is going to be ridiculous on every level. By the way, The Loosers didn’t fight Pennywise in 1960. Georgie died in 1957 and they ended it in 1958. http://stephenking.wikia.com/wiki/Georgie_Denbrough

  • Fredrik Andrés Jansson

    I personally think this will be awesome!! (Y)
    Super excited I mean come on don´t kid yourselves the only good part about the IT miniseries was TIm Curry. There is def room for this project to be really REALLY good.

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  • jasonlives1986

    I have 0 interest in this movie if they go ahead with that kid as Penny wise.

    • Gareth Mee

      Me too, I hate the idea of him being so young…

  • SRM

    A Theory: New terrors, eh? No werewolves and mummies, eh? Set in the 80s? Who scared kids in the 80s? Freddy and Jason… Who owns Freddy and Jason? New Line. Who is remaking IT? New Line… Wouldn’t necessarily be awful, so long as they stay away from jump scares and retain the psychological horror of the novel/first film. And they’ve been angling to bring Freddy back again since the recentish reboot.

    • Chris

      It’d be cool to see Freddy in an IT film, but they probably won’t do it… or worse, someone other than Englund would play him.

      • SRM

        They might use it to sandbox a new Freddy… Equally might be a great marketing gimmick to give Englund a cameo.

        • zonilo1 .

          Maybe the only way to pull Freddy off effectively if they used the version of him from the first Nightmare film which maybe they can hire Kevin Roach from “Confession of Fred Krueger” to play Freddy in this movie perhaps if he ever appears at all…

    • cooderbrown

      King’s work deserves much more than Freddy Krueger’s crap franchise. Gimme a break.

      • Amber Woodworth Pace

        Never put that line of thought together. Sigh. Yet another King book being basterdized by Hollywood. Oh boy, now we get to see how bad Hollywood can eff up The Dark Tower. Goodie. Can’t wait.

  • macguffin54

    Gestured?

  • SunnySkyNL

    The miniseries made me a fan, the book made me absolutely fall in love with the story. These director’s that want their artistic freedom and change what they like should do a movie that they build up from the ground up themselves. The story is so amazing because everything is build in extreme detail, every piece of the puzzle fits. From the time it is set in, to the roles each character plays and what drives (and scares) them, the names, the relationships, the area they live and grow up in, the way that they are with their parents, how little they have growing up, how their insecurities ultimately creates the ultimate unbreakable bond and creates the losers club, a bond so strong that even when they come back to Derry in ’85 nothing has changed in their friendship with each other and even the behavior they had as kids comes back when they are all grown up, the imagination they have and that they can turn their weakness into strength, the fear of being alone and happy to be with the group although all scared. Also in my eyes casting a young actor for Pennywise is a mistake, everybody who has read the book knows how fearful all the kids are in one way or another when it comes to grownups, in my eyes that’s why Pennywise needs to be played by an older actor with a good length that towers over that of kids. I’ve said it from the start, if they make this into a movie(s), they should go with how the book tells it and don’t change a thing and don’t try to put it into 1 or 2 short movies but take the time to tell the story, I think we also deserve an ending that’s worth the way it was told in the book, I think the fan art below will show how awesome the true ending could be. http://www.deviantart.com/art/Ritual-of-Chud-81284009 . I know that even if they would change up a lot and the movie turns out awesome I will still like it but will always think of the missed opportunity to bring for what for me is the best book I’ve ever read to the big screen…

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  • zonilo1 .

    “King described 50s’ terror iconography,” he added. “And I feel there’s a whole world now to rediscover, to update. There won’t be mummies, werewolves. Terrors are going to be a lot more surprising.”

    Let me guess, Pennywise/IT will now use the forms of slasher and modern horror icons like Freddy Kruger, Jason Voorhees, Micheal Myers, Leatherface, etc to appear as his victim’s worst fears?

    • Amber Woodworth Pace

      Because, liberties. :/

  • brewers_rule

    One thing I always thought was kind of missing from ‘It’ is the real world aspect of child killers running amok. I never read the book, granted, but I hope they touch a bit on the fact that that angle would be explored by authorities first. Seemed like a key point they never addressed in the original when it started happening again when the kids were adults. In the 1950’s I guess I could see it being something police wouldn’t really think of but 30 years later, it’s a reality, sadly.

    • Nathaniel Essex

      This was explained, actually.
      IT messes with the minds of all people in the town. So the police and other authorities just ignore and forgotten all this mess.

  • Igor Leoni

    After Fukunaga dropped out I completely lost interest in this

  • WALKTER

    I just started reading the book again, and I’m pretty curious about how this will turn out. I wish I could see what Fukunaga was going to do with IT.

  • mph23

    If Tim Curry can’t or won’t reprise the role, I’d vote for Andy Serkis.

  • Brett Lovejoy

    I still can’t get over how perfect Fukunaga’s version would’ve been. Scary, dark, intense. I hope Muschietti can deliver. I did find ‘Mama’ to be pretty scary, so that’s a good sign.

    • Amber Woodworth Pace

      I agree. Much respect for Fukunaga for dropping out since this will undoubtedly be a crap remake.

  • walnuts

    In theory, I like the idea of “liberties being taken.” The movie doesn’t need to be 100% faithful, and the whole shape shifting aspect means It could be a lot of things, not just what was mentioned in the book. But you’re absolutely right about the clown form of It not being as big of a deal in the book. I would even say that it’s not important who plays Pennywise in the movie, and all the people saying otherwise are thinking about Tim Curry’s iconic performance instead of the actual book.

    • Amber Woodworth Pace

      I disagree. I think that when Hollywood decides to “take liberties” it deviates from the storyline of what this masterpiece is supposed to be. I don’t know what the actual plan is now, but I know Fuknaga dropped the project because New Line wanted to make a one movie commercialized event. This is total bull and this story cannot be made into a one movie event without serious liberties being taken and a total compromise of the integrity of the overall story. I would much rather see this NOT get made then to have them get their hooks into it and destroy the integrity of the story. I truly, truly fear their liberties. Truly.

      • walnuts

        I was just talking about superficial changes, like the idea of changing the werewolf to something else. They could do that and still capture the spirit of the novel. Whether I actually have faith they’ll do this and make a movie that’s any good — no, not at all, really. I’ll expect something of the quality of any of the horror “reboots” out there, but maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

        Too bad they couldn’t do like a multi-part Netflix series.That I could get behind.

        • Amber Woodworth Pace

          Yeah, the horror reboots today are awful. I’ll refrain from my typical 4 letter word rants haha (hello, Poltergeist — couldn’t even bring myself to entertain the thought of watching it). Horror movies today suck. I’ve seen a couple that have been pretty good (Babadook comes to mind. Oculus was decent) but for the most part they are just awful.

          I agree with your suggestion on the Netflix series! I do have great hope for 11/22/63. I actually think that is a fantastic idea! Why don’t they just consult with us fans first?! 😉

  • Karla

    This isn’t being made next summer actually, this is OLD news. The
    director has dropped out for good now. This is stupid casting. The role
    of Pennywise was wrong too, and should be played by a 50 year old, not
    some twat 21 year old who doesn’t look anything like the part. I’m glad
    this remake has been cancelled, as no one wants it. The original is the
    only one that exists and it shouldn’t be ruined by a shit remake,
    especially seeing as there are sooooooooo many more Stephen King books
    that still need to be made into films. As usual, these shit heads are
    trying to cash in on the popularity of the original. Idiots.

  • James Allard

    Pennywise does not have to be a guy… Jane Lynch could pull this off.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A4e_cnACcAEXuOS.jpg

  • Joanne Lee

    Here is an idea to the naysayers: Do not watch it when it comes out! Even better, do not comment on something you haven’t seen yet and do not intend to see for whatever reason.