Stephen King's 'It' Coming To The Big Screen...Twice
If you're devising a wicked creature for your entry into LitReactor's June horror writing challenge, you could certainly do worse than to garner inspiration from the inter-dimensional, shape-shifting, fear-eating, monstrosity that is Stephen King's It. The ancient evil—which most often saunters around in the form of a disturbed clown called Pennywise—terrorized a group of seven kids in King's 1986 novel and again in ABC's three-hour 1990 miniseries version.
Now it has been announced that Warner Bros. is bringing the creepy SOB to cinemas in a two-movie series. No release date has been announced yet, but we do know that director Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) will co-write the screenplay with Chase Palmer (Frank Herbert's Dune). It joins the ridiculously long list of Stephen King projects in the works at the moment including:
- The Stand (Ben Affleck directing)
- Newly announced The Ten O'Clock People (Tom Holland, who also did Thinner and The Langoliers directing)
- Remakes of Carrie (Kimberly Peirce), Firestarter and possibly Pet Semetary
- The Dark Tower series
- SyFy's The Eyes Of The Dragon
- Showtime's Under The Dome
- Thirty others I'm surely overlooking
There hasn't been any official information on how exactly the book will be divided into two movies, though the obvious option is for one movie to focus on the characters as children and the second to focus on their adulthood. It makes sense because trying to cram all 1100 pages into a single movie would rip gaping wounds in the narrative. I'm also behind this idea because while the miniseries version of It was pretty damned solid—thanks in large part to Tim Curry's masterful portrayal of a seriously demented clown—the truth is, a network miniseries run during prime-time can't capture the true viciousness of this book like two R-rated films can. So I'm in.
What about you? Interested in seeing It on the big screen? And what I'm dying to know is: who in the world is going to be able to fill Tim Curry's giant clown shoes?
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