It (2017)

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In the Town of Derry, the local kids are disappearing one by one, leaving behind bloody remains. In a place known as ‘The Barrens’, a group of seven kids are united by their horrifying and strange encounters with an evil clown and their determination to kill It. Written by Emma Chapman

“I am in the midst of rewriting the first script now. We’re not working on the second part yet. The first script is just about the kids. It’s more like The Goonies meets a horror film We’re definitely honoring the spirit of Stephen King, but the horror has to be modernized to make it relevant. That’s my job, right now, on this pass. I’m working on making the horror more about suspense than visualization of any creatures. I just don’t think that’s scary. What could be there, and the sounds and how it interacts with things, is scarier than actual monsters. ” – Cary Fukunaga, on the development of It

He also mentioned the characterization of Pennywise’s survivalist attitude, and a passage in the novel which inspired Muschietti, was when Bill wonders if Pennywise is eating children simply because that’s what we’re told monsters do, in stating, “It’s a tiny bit of information, but that sticks with you so much. Maybe it is real as long as children believe in it. And in a way, Pennywise’s character is motivated by survival. In order to be alive in the imagination of children, he has to keep killing.” While Muschietti acknowledges it to being a horror film, he too felt that its not simply just that: “It’s a story of love and friendship and a lot of other beautiful emotions.”

On July 30, 2016, Muschietti released three storyboard images, up until the date of August 22, 2016, with the first featuring Bill Denbrough making a paper boat for his younger brother, George. The second storyboard features Bill leading his bike, nicknamed Silver, across a lawn with the included phrase: “He thrusts his fists against the posts but still insists he sees the ghosts”. The third and final storyboard, to which was released, features Bill asleep next to a sketch of Beverly Marsh.

For those keeping score, that’s 45 minutes longer than the first half of the miniseries, which primarily told the story of the child Losers versus Curry’s Pennywise. It’s hard to imagine IT part 2 clocking in a shorter runtime than part 1, so with that in mind, fans are likely to receive at least 4 hours and 30 minutes of story. That’s the entire runtime of the miniseries, plus the equivalent of another entire film.

The project has been in ongoing development since 2009. To date, the proposed film adaptation has gone through two major phases of planning: initially with Cary Fukunaga from 2009 to 2015, with the early contributions of screenwriter David Kajganich, and currently with Andrés Muschietti, with Fukunaga remaining in some capacity due to prior screenplay contributions.

On August 16, 2016, Entertainment Weekly released the full costume image of Skarsgård’s Pennywise to promote It, including an interview with costume designer Janie Bryant. JoBlo.com’s Damion Damaske was fond of the new design, though was understanding others being dismissive of it. Damaske also stated, “One of the chief complaints is that it looked too automatically scary, and that one of the reasons Pennywise chooses his guise is to trick and lure children.” Dave Trumbore of Collider.com noted that “This one’s going to divide some folks. It’s nowhere near as baggy or colorful as the one Tim Curry donned , but the new version certainly seems to have a lot more thought and intent behind its creation.” Jonathan Barkan of Bloody Disgusting called the image one of ” attention and curiosity”. Barkan then stated “I don’t know if it’s morbid curiosity or hopeful wishes but the overall response to his face and makeup seemed to be quite positive!”

“The way Cary intended to execute the script is something that only he can talk about. I can say my version of It highly emphasizes Pennywise’s most terrifying virtue, which is it’s ability to materialise into your worse fear; I want to take people in a journey into Pennywise’s world through a disturbing, surrealistic and intoxicating experience that will leave nobody at ease.”

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On May 5, 2016, in an interview with Collider.com, David Kajganich expressed uncertainty as to whether drafts of his original screenplay would be used by Dauberman and Muschietti, with the writer stating, “We know there’s a new director, I don’t know myself whether he’s going back to any of the previous drafts or writing from scratch. I may not know until the film comes out. I don’t know how it works! If you find out let me know.”

On July 12, 2017, Muschietti, in an interview with French magazine Mad Movies, spoke of when developing the R rated film, in which allowed him to go into very adult themes, which was championed from the people at New Line Cinema. He also stated that, ” if you aimed for a PG-13 movie, you had nothing at the end. So we were very lucky that the producers didn’t try to stop us. In fact it’s more our own moral compass that sometimes showed us that some things lead us in places where we didn’t want to go.” In the same interview, on July 12, 2017, producer Barbara Muschietti added that there was only one scene that was deemed to be too horrific to feature in the new adaptation, in which she stated, ” you won’t find the scene where a kid has his back broken and is thrown in the toilets. We thought that the visual translation of that scene had something that was really too much.” Muschietti concluded by emphasizing that nothing was removed from the original vision, nor was the violence of any event watered down.

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Title : It
Release : 2017-08-17
Runtime : 135 min.
Genre : Horror
Stars : Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer
Overview : In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.

 

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