Stephen King’s plethora of cherished books are still continually being adapted to the screen year-after-year, all of which usually garner huge success. Hulu recently released King’s critically acclaimed television series 11.22.63., an alternate history surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and Sony Pictures also has his upcoming fantasy adventure The Dark Tower coming to the big screen in early 2017. But there’s another adaptation that has had fans begging for a remake ever since its short run back in 1990.
Now with only a loving cult audience, King’s It has finally managed to get the green light for a two-part adaptation, set to hit theaters in September 2017. It takes place in the small town of Derry, Maine, where a group of longtime friends get caught up in a life or death conflict with Pennywise the Clown, who feeds on both children and fear. The original miniseries aired on ABC, but because of the station’s strict content ratings, most of the graphic material had to be cut, leaving fans of the story underwhelmed.
In their dismay of recent flops, Warner Bros. has been trying to reorder their slate of upcoming films, mostly trying to fit in sequels, franchises like the DC Cinematic Universe, and remakes that could possibly lead to more than just one film. And the It remake seems to be just that; the film did originally have director Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation) attached, but creative differences resulted in Andy Muschetti (Mama) replacing him. Luckily, considering the horror background of Muschetti, as well as fans’ big expectations for the project, IT should easily get the coveted R-rating that we have all been wanting.
IT opens on September 8, 2017.