Even if you’ve never seen the 1990 mini-series adaptation of Stephen King’s It, there’s a good chance that the villainous Pennywise has long been ingrained in your nightmares. Memorably portrayed by Tim Curry, Pennywise is and will forever be the most terrifying clown in the history of fiction – in the real world, that nightmarish honor belongs, of course, to John Wayne Gacy – and if there’s one thing Tommy Lee Wallace got right with his adaptation, it’s damn sure the look and casting of the character.
With Pennywise headed to the big screen next year, we can’t help but wonder if director Andy Muschietti (Mama) and his star will hit that very same home run. It goes without saying that Tim Curry’s massive clown shoes are absolutely impossible to fill, and it’s young actor Bill Skarsgard who has found himself in that prestigious (though unenviable) position. We have no doubt that Skarsgard can do the role justice, but equally important here is the makeup and costume work.
What will Pennywise look like in 2017? It’s possible that we’ve already seen him.
Though he’s not very active on Instagram, Andy Muschietti has been unceremoniously teasing the so-called “re-adaptation” ever since his involvement was announced last summer, most recently showing off an image of his director’s chair that was taken just this week. Filming began this past Monday on his adaptation of King’s popular novel, and the backing of that chair gives us our first glimpse at the film’s logo. Muschietti also recently posted a shot of nine red balloons floating around in his office, cleverly teasing the return of the horror icon who can often be found clutching them.
But it’s a mysterious photo from 21-weeks ago that caught my attention today.
The image is a close-up of a composition book, and inked in black pen onto the front cover is a drawing of what can only be described as a sadistic-looking clown. With a round nose and crazy hair reaching up to the sky, the drawing certainly seems to depict a new take on iconic clown Pennywise, though it’s impossible to tell if it’s genuine concept art or if Muschietti was just messing around and teasing fans. Either way, we’re surprised the photo hasn’t made its way around the net since it was posted months ago, and we figured you hungry It fans out there would like to see it.
Check out the drawing below, along with Muschietti’s other Instagram teases!
The new adaptation of It arrives on September 18, 2017.