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Much time has passed since it was first announced that yet another adaptation of Stephen King's IT was to be made. The project was first aligned with Warner Bros. but then moved over to New Line. Then came the news that director Cary Fukunaga, who was previously set to direct, officially dropped out of the planned two film project leaving the future of the IT remake in question.
The decision was made by producers Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg to bring in MAMA director Andy Muschietti to fill the void.
Just over one week ago we found out that the new Pennywise was found in Bill Skarsgard and we have now learned that Owen Teague has also joined the cast.
Teague will play the role of Patrick Hocksetter who is the key bully and also "a psychopath [who] keeps a refrigerator full of animals that he’s killed." The actor is known for his role in the Netflix series BLOODLINE, and will be appearing in yet another Stephen King adaptation, CELL later on this year.
Other cast members include Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor.
IT is scheduled to begin filming in Toronto next month. The project is still planned to be two separate films. One point of view being from the kids and the other film being that of the adults. Producer Roy Lee previously stated that an R-rating was to be the goal.
The book was adapted by Tommy Lee Wallace as a 1990 two part, three hour event miniseries on ABC, starring Tim Curry as Pennywise.
Original Synopsis for IT:
"It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real… They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name."
Remember to mark September 8th, 2017 on your calendar as this is the official release date of the new adaptation of Stephen King's IT.
We will continue to keep you updated on the IT remake project as we hear it.