Stephen King is clearly excited about Andy Muschietti’s IT, arriving in theaters on September 8. Just this week, an eerie red balloon was placed in the front window of his home in Maine, a fun bit of marketing that certainly suggests he’s pleased with the new adaptation of his ’86 novel.
As it turns out, King has already seen Muschietti’s film TWICE, and he raves about it at length in a new featurette video that’s just come to our attention.
“I had hopes, but I was not prepared for how good it really was,” King says in the video. “It’s something that’s different, and at the same time, it’s something that audiences are gonna relate to. They’re gonna like the characters. To me, it’s all about character. If you like the characters… if you care… the scares generally work.”
He adds, “I’m sure my fans will enjoy the movie. I think they’re gonna REALLY enjoy the movie.”
Check out the video below, wherein King also praises Bill Skarsgård’s performance.
In the new adaptation…
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 Sophia Lillis, 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.