Holy Sh!t: The Remake Of Stephen King’s ‘It’ Will Be Two Films

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If you love horror and don’t at least have a soft spot in your heart for Tim Curry’s turn as Pennywise the clown in It then you may need to spend more time revisiting genre classics. Curry set the bar so insanely high in terms of clown terror that essentially no other film featuring red-nosed baddies has even come close to performing as well with critics (or moviegoers, for that matter). Now the time has come to bring Pennywise back from the grave once more, and this afternoon The Hollywood Reporter revealed there will be twice the terror to look forward to in the years ahead.

Cary Fukunaga, the hot-shot filmmaker behind last year’s adaptation of Jane Eyre, has signed on to direct and co-write (along with Chase Palmer) the upcoming remake of Stephen King’s It. The reboot, which will be broken into two films, follows a group of kids called the Losers Club that encounter a creature called It, which preys on children and whose favorite form is that of a sadistic clown called Pennywise. When the creature resurfaces, the kids are called upon to regroup again, this time as adults, even though they have no memory of the first battle.

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It was originally adapted in 1990 as an ABC mini-series before the rights were purchased in 2009 by Warner Brothers with the intent of releasing a theatrical adaptation. Rumors swirled and casting gossip flooded horror sites, but it wasn’t until THR ran this story that we had much – if any – concrete information. We will bring you more as production begins to move forward.

I would give a substantial amount of money to see Tim Curry reprise his role as Pennywise, but I am sure there are a number of great actors who could bring something special to the part. Comment below and let us know whether or not you’ll be lining up for It when Pennywise returns to theaters.

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  • Why did you write that the Hollywood Reporter announced this today and then linked to the article from JUNE OF LAST YEAR where they announced it?

  • drkronner

    I’ve seen this elsewhere too. Stephen King linked that THR article on his Facebook today. People are assuming it’s new…

  • Karen

    No nothing can top Tim Curry.

  • rocknrollzman

    As long as they make it a faithful adaptation, I’ll be happy!!!!!!!!! Starting within the next couple months, preferably, too!! Been waiting sooo long for this!!!!

  • rocknrollzman

    *For a film of this incredible book!*

  • It was one of his only books I never read. I just recently finished it.. (er literally and figuratively) and rented the miniseries off of Netflix for Halloween :) awesome.

  • Tim Robbins

    Since Pennywise is the only movie character to scare me to this day I will be in line to see this.

  • Megan Lebo

    Ill be intersted in whether they will be able to pull off that crazy ending well. This was my favorite Stephem King book but the original adaptaion was crap with the exception of Tim Curry. SUPER excited about this remake!!!