One of the bummers of the 1990 adaptation of IT is that the titular monster was mostly in his Pennywise form throughout the entire thing. In Stephen King’s novel, however, “IT” took the form of a homeless leper, a werewolf and even the shark from Jaws, appearing in different forms to different characters.
We already know that the Leper (played by Javier Botet) will appear in this year’s film, and director Andy Muschietti just teased the other monstrous forms “IT” will be taking.
Speaking with Variety, Muschietti revealed that they’ll be very different from the incarnations present in King’s story.
“[Stephen King] tweeted about it and said the movie exceeded his expectations. After that we started a private email exchange because I was so excited about his response,” Muschietti told the site. “My first letter was me asking for indulgence and forgiveness for having changed things. The story is the same, but there are changes in the things the kids are scared of. In the book they’re children in the ’50s, so the incarnations of the monsters are mainly from movies, so it’s Wolf Man, the Mummy, Frankenstein, Dracula.”
“I had a different approach,” he continued. “I wanted to bring out deeper fears, based not only on movie monsters but on childhood traumas.”
Which movie monsters will “IT” take the form of? We have no way of knowing. But it’s worth noting that Freddy Krueger is owned by New Line. And IT is a New Line film.
In IT, directed by Andy Muschietti…
A group of young kids face their biggest fears when they seek answers to the disappearance of children in their hometown of Derry, Maine. They square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
The kids in peril, the Losers’ Club, include Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor. Javier Botet will play The Leper, and Nicholas Hamilton plays Henry Bowers. The cast also includes Owen Teague, who plays bully Patrick Hocksetter. Bill Skarsgard is our new Pennywise.
The film will be in theaters September 8, 2017.