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Stephen King Has Seen the New ‘It’ Adaptation; Here’s What He Thought

Stephen King has always been pretty honest about his thoughts on the film adaptations of his books. Hell, it’s been nearly 40 years and he still makes it a point to express just how much he’s not into Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Needless to say, we’re always interested to hear what King thinks, and we’ve been particularly interested in his thoughts on the new It adaptation.

Producer Seth Grahame-Smith took to Instagram over the weekend to share the exciting tidbit that King was recently shown the movie, and he seems happy with how it turned out.

Grahame-Smith made the following e-mail public:

Steve asked me to pass along that he saw a screening of IT today and wanted to let everybody know that they should stop worrying about it as the producers have done a wonderful job with the production.

Well that’s certainly good to hear!

In theaters September 8, 2017, the Andy Muschietti-directed film is set “in a small town in Maine, where 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.

Bill Skarsgard stars as Pennywise, the sewer-dwelling monster.

Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor are the modern Losers’ Club.

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

Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, and Barbara Muschietti produce.

I can die now. Goodbye. I’m dead. 🎈

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  • pablitonizer

    A wonderful job with the production doesn’t mean the movie is good or bad…We’ll have to wait a bit more to find it out. Any news of when r we getting a teaser trailer?

    • Bla Blah

      Yep. A wonderful production could have great costumes, great cgi, great acting and editing and still be shit.

      • pablitonizer

        Exactly!! I’m actually scared of King’s comment since this could imply the production is great but the movie sucks. Otherwise he would have said “the film is great”

    • Georgie’s Arm

      First trailer is rumored but not confirmed to be out this month. They’ve had a handful of test screenings since December, and reactions have been very positive.

  • GunsOfNavarone

    Take into account King also praised Del Toro for Crimson Peak saying it was ‘terrifying’….yeah.

    • Some people love Crimson Peak – I do. It’s a thoroughly literary film and if you have any love for the genre it’s pretty much perfect – a scary, spooky, gorgeous victorian horror romance.

      • The Drucifer

        Thank you.

      • David Andrew Baros

        Well said.

      • GunsOfNavarone

        Aesthetically, it’s very nice. Scary it isn’t, I’ve seen much better – try Lights Out.

        • That’s like comparing apples to oranges. Both fruit, but totally different kinds. Some people find super tense “real life” situations scary, others find creepy ghosts floating through gothic mansions scary. I guess I’m lucky enough to like both… and pretty much any kind of horror, really.

          • GunsOfNavarone

            You must scare very easily indeed. How about you try The Devils Backbone instead, still Guillermo Del Toro but again, much scarier. CGI ghosts simply don’t work in a terrifying aspect which is why they didn’t work in the grudge remake either or mama (2 examples). You need to severely suspend your disbelief in order to go with it. There is no suspense. It’s all out in your face. I don’t know if I’d say you’re lucky, maybe you’re just the target audience these things go for. But I’ve seen hundreds of movies and a lot done better. It’s much like Apple as a brand – aesthetically very appealing, but underneath the veneer – severely lacking.

          • Carlton Fisher

            If you’ve been paying attention to the articles on here, the ghost in Mama wasn’t CGI.

          • GunsOfNavarone

            http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/villains/images/3/32/Mama.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20130318045739

            You’re meaning to tell me that is a real human being ? Next you’ll be telling me that pigs fly too.

          • Carlton Fisher

            Javier Botet played the ghost in Mama, as well as the ghosts in Crimson Peak, the Crooked Man in Conjuring 2, and motion capture for the upcoming Alien movie. So, yes, played by an actual person. http://bloody-disgusting.com/editorials/3394774/javier-botet-horrors-terrifying-special-effect/

          • GunsOfNavarone

            “For the longest time we don’t see much of the ghostly Mama, who apparently has been alternately caring for and terrorizing the girls all these years and has made the trip with them to suburbia. She flashes by the screen, or we see just the top of her head as she zips about the house. Once we do see her, yipes. Thanks to a combination of CGI and a performance by the extremely thin, extremely tall Spanish actor Javier Botet, this is one frightful Mama.”

            That is from one site, there are 2 others than mention a mixture of CGI and performance. So it is not entirely human.

          • Carlton Fisher

            It’s also not entire CGI either, which was your implication.

          • Valak

          • Mutilator

            “You must scare very easily indeed”

            What a truly moronic thing to say.
            Because he found that particular movie scary and You Highness didnt?
            Ever heard of different tastes?

          • I have seen hundreds of horror movies, used to review on websites professionally, write and read horror novels, appear as an artist, guest and panelist at horror cons and co-host a horror podcast that often bemoans the use of CG in film, actually. My point is that it’s two radically different types of scary and not all people are capable of or willing to understand all types. I can. Some people that love horror film don’t like to read horror novels because their own imagination isn’t able to picture the scenes in an effective manner. I consider myself very lucky that I can see the horror in gorgeous suspenseful films like The Witch as well as pure schlock 50’s horror. Life’s a bit more enjoyable when you look for the fun in things instead of nitpicking the negatives.

          • GunsOfNavarone

            I’ve got to say you’re very irrational in your responses. To say you review movies, can you not appreciate that people other than yourself will have different opinions ? ‘Nitpicking the negatives’ – Do you leave that comment on every review you find that differs from your own? Aesthetically, Crimson Peak was wonderful, particularly the color pallet used and the framing of scenes. The acting was also great but it was sold as a horror, the trailer was cut as a horror and what ended up in the final product was less of a horror but more of a gothic fantasy. The comment I originally left was about Stephen King, arguably one of the greatest horror writers there are stating it was terrifying. Terrifying was overstating it, creepy ? Sure, Del Toro knows how to build tension, but terrifying ? No. If it gave you nightmares and you were covering your eyes, then you can’t have seen as many horror movies as you allege to. Is there anything to like in the movie ? – Sure there is. But my whole argument is that it was not terrifying. The Witch was again creepy but not what I would class as terrifying nor did any reviews at the time even state that, it was impending / evocative. But you have gone off on a tangent all because I mentioned the CGI ghosts were not scary. It is perfectly reasonable to pass my opinion as it is yours but please don’t go down the “This guy has a different opinion to me so he’s nitpicking” route. As it is, some people have liked my comments so it’s evident some people do agree with me.

          • Hey – I never meant to specifically insult you – most of my comments were left intentionally non-pointed. I never said any of the movies we discussed were terrifying – I never used that word. Scary though? Sure! It’s like being in a dark forest alone at night – you know there’s no ghosts or creatures out there waiting to attack, but the idea of it and the way it’s presented to you is enough to make you imagine things and feel a little thrill. That’s “Scary” to me. And I call my cohost for nitpicking the negatives all of the time. Because sometimes doing that can ruin your enjoyment of a film that is otherwise a good time. (And I wouldn’t get into the comparison of upvotes on this particular thread, sir.)

          • GunsOfNavarone

            Maybe we got off on the wrong foot, my issue was with King labeling it ‘terrifying’ which I didn’t feel it was. I’ve loved most of King’s work and adaptations so was expecting something gripping but it would fall into creepy for me. But sure, I can appreciate there are certainly things which would appeal to people.

    • Dee-abolik

      Well, I was terrified…

    • David Andrew Baros

      Wow, did you only want to hear yourself talk? Although, no horror film scares me, I do enjoy watching them… But, there are a few unsettling scenes in CRIMSON PEAK that just may terrify some people. Some people scare much easier than others.

      • GunsOfNavarone

        What are you on about ? It’s a movie site with a comment system for freedom of speech. I and many other people weren’t terrified by cgi ghosts that looked like they were from Lord Of The Rings. So if you did, great I guess, but take the shitty attitude somewhere else.

  • Prince Of Darkness

    King has praised some god awful crap adaptions of his work in the past. He personally owed all of his fans an apology for Under The Dome. That shit was cruel and sadistic punishment to anyone who watched it. What did we ever do to him to deserve that?

    • Galaxy_Scribe

      I left after season 1.

      • Synisterintent

        same here… did they even go to a 3rd?

        • Galaxy_Scribe

          Yeeeeeep

      • Abandoned_Being

        It was only suppose to be a one season show but CBS stuck their nose into it and ruin what could’ve been great.

        • Galaxy_Scribe

          It was dull by the end of season 1

    • MJ

      Season One was good, but slid downhill fast after that

  • Charlie

    Okay, so the production is nice but is the film actually any good?

    • Georgie’s Arm

      With Chung Hoon Chung as the DOP this film better at least look nice!

      • MySelfDestruct

        Yeah at least we know it will look good.

  • Gavin Dobbs

    I will withhold judgement until I see a trailer.

    • The Fucked Up

      I’ll wait for the movie 😉

      • Evi

        I’ll wait for the post-credits sequence.

  • Slate_Fistcrunch

    King likes it? I got a bad feeling about this.

    • Dee-abolik

      nobody beats Steven Weber as John Torrance

      • David Andrew Baros

        Jack Torrance

        • Dee-abolik

          Goddamn

  • The Drucifer

    So it gets the same endorsement as DREAMCATCHER, yaaaaaaaayyyyyy!
    *vomits from the anus*

  • Mehliens

    So its going to look good but suck a bouquet of donkey schlongs?

  • Carl Chrystan

    Hang on a minute! Stephen King personally raved about his adaptation of ‘Gerald’s Game’ through his own personal tweets recently. And he constantly slagging off Donald Trump via Twitter every two minutes. But he chooses to just ‘pass a message on to the producer’ about an adaptation of what many feel is his greatest work! Something dodgy going on here! And I take his opinions with a pinch of salt anyway – ever seen the trailer for ‘Maximum Overdrive’ with him in it?

    • TheHitchhikingGhost

      Agreed. And King is always quick to gush about anything he digs. He compliments the production through a producer? Ruh Roh.

    • James0479

      Haha I think I’m the only person alive who loves some Maximum Overdrive.

      • Synisterintent

        Nope I think its a great movie too… has its problems but not bad adaptation of a short story.

        • James0479

          Good to not be alone! Sure there’s some unintentional laughs but I view it like a midnight movie. It has its own unmistakable assets. Haha

      • John Lackey’s Teeth

        It was fun. Awful acting but the soundtrack saved it.

        • James0479

          Yeardley Smith tho. “Are you dead?” Damn ya gotta love it. Haha

          • John Lackey’s Teeth

            Wow, I forgot Lisa Simpson was in that movie.

      • Abandoned_Being

        Maximum Overdrive is pure cheese gold. I always enjoy watching it.

      • James Allard

        Cinematic equivalent of Mac & Cheese. I love Mac & Cheese, can’t live on it, wouldn’t suggest it for a steady diet, but it is just the thing on occasions. And the soundtrack is really one of the few truly “required” AC/DC albums.

    • Georgie’s Arm

      He didn’t pass it through a producer, he had his assistent post it on his official message board. He often does this when he wants his community of fans to know something first.

      • James0479

        As for IT, I’ll go see it regardless just because I love the story. It should be fantastic but ….we shall see.

    • Mutilator

      Didnt he direct Maximum Overdrive?

      • Carl Chrystan

        I suppose, technically, you could call it that…

        “Right, buddy, I want you to stand over there, near this Coke machine, and a can’s gonna come flying out and hit you straight in the balls. I want you to be like, “Urgghhh, aghhh…I’ve been hit in the balls by a can…oh, the humanity!” And don’t mess this up, ‘cos I’m gonna scare the hell out of everyone, what with this and the cash machines that call you an asshole!”

  • zid

    Can’t be any worse than the 90’s adaptation and I enjoyed that so I’m looking forward to this.

  • Satanzilla

    If he likes it, it has to be terrible.

  • King produced and supported the awful miniseries version of The Shining, which is downright terrible. I haven’t read The Shining, but I’m willing to give it the benefit of a doubt, but at the same time, one must realize regarding Kubrick’s lack of accuracy to the novel- some things work better in the written form, others work better visually.

    Case in point, perhaps, just perhaps, the hedge animals in the Shining book could be considered creepy or something, but in the context of something visual like a movie or tv show, it looks downright laughable.

    Like any influential creator or celebrity, his opinions don’t hold any more water than anyone else’s.

    • Thumper Bunny

      There was a mini-series for The Shining?!?

      I know there was the shitty “The Stand” one… wasn’t aware of that one though… time to go look it up.

      • angie497

        I’m not sure if it was billed as a mini-series – it might only have been two episodes – but yep, there was one. Personally, I thought it was closer to the book than Kubrick’s version was. (Kubrick’s version was fantastic, but I absolutely hated his casting; to me, a huge amount of the horror of the book was this perfectly normal family quietly losing their minds – Jack Nicholson was so nuts right from the beginning that instead of being horrified by the way he changes, I just sit there thinking, “Well of *course* that nutjob is gonna hack up his family.”)

        • Lol you pretty much just said word for word what King said about Kubrick’s adaption. Fake smarty pants.

      • max

        Yes. It was ok. Parts of it conformed well to the book . Here’s the thing though: no matter how”possessed” or ” possessive” the hotel is I am just NOT taking a croquet mallet to Rebecca DeMornay. Just. No.
        I laugh at the Overlook, drink it’s milkshake. DRINK IT UP!
        And then ask Lloyd to pour me another.
        May be mixing my movie metaphors.

    • theundead

      It wasn’t terrible

    • Carlton Fisher

      Kubrick had no interest in actually adapting the book. He went on the record as not wanting to make a movie about a haunted hotel, and since that’s EXACTLY what he book is about, then maybe he should have made another movie. Kubrick’s movie is about a guy who is already pretty much over the edge going the rest of the way. In terms of casting, the choices are terrible if you compare them to the characters in the book–but they are perfectly cast for a Kubrick movie. Kubrick’s The Shining and the novel of The Shining are pretty much different stories that have the same name and a few commonalities.

  • Synisterintent

    Seeing as King has given praise to some of the shittiest adaptations of his work Ill take that with a grain of salt.

    • John Lackey’s Teeth

      Yeah, wonder how he felt about Under the Dome during those three, painful seasons?

    • Jada Maes

      Yes, how dare he appreciate the hard work and hours put into adapting his stories, even if they don’t quite turn out Oscar-winning material sometimes (note this also comes from the man who described himself as the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries).

      • Evi

        The dude prefers the miniseries version of The Shining to Kubrick’s movie. Yeah, it’s great that he appreciates the work put into the films but he’s still given people plenty of reasons to be wary of his tastes.

        • Jada Maes

          He prefers it because the miniseries is the story he wrote, a little piece of himself and very autobiographical in terms of his addiction problems. Imagine you wrote this story, then it was taken from you by a director who was a noted tyrant, who then stripped it of everything that meant something to you. I understand that the Kubrick movie is better in terms of filmmaking, but in terms of emotional storytelling it’s as subtle as an axe murder.

          (Full disclosure: I’ve never liked the movie, because the book is some wonderfully surreal horror and they lost most of that. But I’ve realized that if you think of it as an absurdist black comedy about the creative process it’s actually really funny.)

          • Carlton Fisher

            It took me years to finally appreciate the movie as a separate piece–it’s very good, but it’s not The Shining. Kubrick himself went on the record saying that he did not want to make a movie about a haunted hotel, in which case then, maybe HE SHOULDN’T HAVE OPTIONED A BOOK ABOUT A HAUNTED HOTEL.

            After about 20 years or so, I finally understand why Kubrick’s movie is great. But it is a terrible adaptation.

            The miniseries isn’t very good either. It does really well up until about the last hour, when suddenly it goes all “Hallmark” and mushy. I don’t know if this is because it needed to get past the censors for TV or because King softened with his older age. But he really pulled a punch at the end.

          • Jada Maes

            I’m not a fan of the miniseries either, mostly because the cheese factor. If we got a theatrical remake from Gore Verbinski or Park Chan-Wook that would be something.

          • hunk

            Who cares. Shush porky….

          • Holly McDaniel

            Wtf is your malfunction calling someone porky repeatedly. My suggestion? Grow up.

          • Evi

            Yeah I understand exactly why he prefers it and that’s the problem. King has zero perspective when it comes to his own work. The movie isn’t exactly his novel but it’s a masterpiece and a far sight greater than any direct adaptation could hope to be. So for all we know he’s just praising IT now because they copied his book word for word.

          • They haven’t copied the book word for word though, how the hell could they with only a little over 2 hours running time? Andy has also added characters that weren’t in the book. Stop complaining until you actually see it for yourself. Everyone crying because King said he like the production of IT. He also praised Stand By Me & The Shawshank Redemption when they were released.

          • hunk

            Now now. Shush porky.

      • hunk

        How many times? Shush porky.

  • DBZEROGRAVITY

    I can only hope this is good. When is the damn trailer coming though?!

  • I just do not think he looks creepy enough 😛 Tim Curry owned that role

    • theundead

      Then watch the original and stop looking for things to whine and complain

    • I actually think the problem with this incarnation is that they tried to make him too ‘creepy’. It was the whimsical and almost comical appearance (as described in the books) that made Curry’s Pennywise even scarier. The bit where he appears in the drain and then suddenly turns all demon is scary as fuck… in this one he’s already ‘creepy’ looking, so I can’t see the impact being the same.

      • I was thinking the same. I do not know, the still is not the best but I think simple clown make up might have been more effective and then yes! turn nasty!

      • MJ

        It could simply be thats this clowns “creepy” look and in the movie he will clean up just like Tim Curry did. If you saw a shot of the sewer after he transformed you might think Tim Curry’s look was too creepy too.

        • Maybe. I don’t think that is going to be the case. But maybe.

    • Bla Blah

      Well to be fair, the clown isn’t supposed to look creepy. Not even Tim Curry’s version looked creepy. The clown is supposed to look like the normal, every day average clown. That’s kind of the point of taking that form.
      Tim Curry’s clown looked normal, and this clown looks vintage, but still normal. Seriously. Google what clowns looked like in the past. He matches.

    • From what I’ve heard he looks like that all the way through the film, sharp teeth and all. Personally I think he looks excellent but that’s just my opinion.

  • baronterror

    This is somewhat heartening. I absolutely loved the original miniseries and loved the book quite as much. I want to believe Mr. King’s opinion on this matter but as was referenced in the article The Shining is an amazing movie though it has it’s problems as an adaptation, the work stands. It could be that he only loves it because it is very accurate to the book and that is all. Mind you I feel that in most respects the original film IT was very close to the book as well. I’ll just hope him liking it is a very promising sign. The other adaptation of The Shining though closer was definitely not good.

  • john

    “Production” can many things. That statement feels like judicious use of language but I could be wrong.

    I mean, he could mean it had a solid budget, looks good, is a fine looking, competently made film– as something like Mama was. But I would suggest it doesn’t include the script necessarily– as it wasn’t with Mama either.

    But, I want exciting, scary and a solid connection between the characters/actors.

    Admittedly, it’s a vague tweet. But it can mean a lot.

  • Chip

    King is pretty loose with his praises. The thing is that as long as an adaptation doesn’t overshadow his own work, he’s more than happy to boost it’s sales.

    The whole thing with The Shining is that King was getting sick of everyone associating the material more with the movie than his own book, making King feel like a hanger-on in terms of his own masterpiece. He made the mini-series out of jealousy more than any real desire to do the material justice.

    • Judge Satchmo

      I don’t know if any of what you say is actually true, but damn it, it’s the truth I’ve decided to believe.

  • Kenn MT Beck

    Why is it they listed who is playing every character from the Losers Club except Beverly? Seems like a stupid omission, and then you remember that Hollywood, like the rest of the world, is under the mistaken impression that women should be less acknowledged than men. Sad.

  • Jada Maes

    It’s dispiriting to see so many people greeting an author’s enthusiasm with disbelief and hostility. The popular opinion either seems to be that the bestselling author on Earth is either a complete moron or has some kind of ulterior motive.

    A) What exactly is he supposed to say, “Oh, it’s such a shitty movie. Here, let me kill it’s chances at making a profit, thereby fucking over everybody working on it and anything else with my name attached”? “How dare those bastards make changes to my sacred book”? He knows the book will ALWAYS be on the shelf, just as he knows there’s such thing as tact and gratitude. And

    2) How about we WATCH THE GODDAMN MOVIE WHEN IT COMES OUT and FORM OUR OWN OPINIONS ABOUT IT even if those opinions RUN COUNTER TO THE OPINIONS OF PAID CRITICS AND ANGRY BLOGGERS. Guess what? You can like it even if Stephen King likes it. Or even if every critic in the world hates it. And YOU CAN EVEN BORROW THE DVD FROM THE LIBRARY IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BUY A TICKET.

    I love the man and his work, and I’m pleased about all of the coming adaptations. We stand at the precipice of a new era, friends.

    • Carl Chrystan

      I love just about everything the guy he does too. I think a lot of the comments on here are just playful banter – like-minded people sharing opinions in an online community I wish they’d invent a set of standard text tools to show sarcasm and apathy and everyone used them.

      • Jada Maes

        It doesn’t SOUND like playful banter is what bothers me. It’s a big long wave of negativity. I just feel like we have enough in the world and maybe should spend some more time uplifting (I know, cheesy, but still important).

        • hunk

          Again. Shush porky.

          • Fafafafafafafafafa

            You’re a waste of air. Do the world a favour. Get in an ice cold bath, open up all your veins, however you like, then call a hospital and let them know where you are just so they can use your body bits on people who deserve them.

    • hunk

      Shush porky.

    • Matt the Bruins fan

      Eh, I think King has uniquely diluted his own brand when it comes to giving recommendations about a horror project. There was a considerable span of time when every damn horror novel that wasn’t self-published had a blurb containing glowing praise from him on the cover. I’ll be the first to line up when I hear a new anthology of his short stories is being published, but I trust his writing, not his reviews.

  • sliceanddice

    it’s not exactly one for the dvd cover. “AMAMZING!” “TERRIFYING” “WILL FILL YOUR DREAMS WITH DREAD!” “THE PRODUCERS HAVE DONE A WONDERFUL JOB WITH THE PRODUCTION!!!!”

  • Ralf Ramge

    Well, history tells us that Mr. King is not the most proficient person when it comes to adaptions of his own movies. Only need to point out “The Shining”, “Maximum Overdrive” or “Under the Dome” here.

    If I ever produce a movie based on a King novel and Mr. King likes it, I’ll treat it as a warning sign.

  • Lord Elric

    Well, one half, at least. Hope they finish what they started.

  • Sky Commander

    it sounds good but again I really want a finished trailer and also does anyone know where the reshoots will be taking place in Toronto next week?

  • Laura Salovitch

    Uncle Stevie can do no wrong.

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