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The new adaptation of Stephen King's IT has been in the works for a while now. The plan for the project is for it to be presented in two separate films which is being produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg. MAMA director Andy Muschietti was hired on to helm this new adaptation.
With filming now well underway on the first part, we know that the film is to be set in the 80's, 1989 to be exact. The new adaptation of IT will certainly bring the flavor of that decade as producer Dan Lin tells Collider:
"It's very much an homage to '80s movies, whether it's classic Stephen King or even Spielberg . Think about Stand By Me as far as the bonding amongst the kids. But there is a really scary element in Pennywise. ... You're catching me at a really interesting time because we've been shooting mostly the kids' work and now Pennywise is starting. We clearly had a great dynamic amongst the kids. Really great chemistry is always a challenging thing with a movie like It because you're casting kids who don't have a ton of experience, but it ended up being really natural. Each kid, like a Goonies or Stand By Me, has a very specific personality and they’re forming the Losers Club obviously. And now finally the evil force is coming into our movie. We've spent a few months getting the kids to bond and now they’re going to fight this evil, scary clown."
Lin goes on to talk about Bill Skarsgard as the new Pennywise saying:
"We wanted someone who created a Pennywise character that would stand on its own and Bill came in and created this character that frankly freaked us out."
The current cast for the new IT adaptation is made up of Nicholas Hamilton, Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Owen Teague, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Javier Botet and Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown.
With the new IT project being planned as two separate films, we can expect to see the point of view from the kids in one film 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 previously 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 for Part 1 of the new adaptation of Stephen King's IT.