After being in development from 2009 into 2015, IT is finally ready to see the light of day … and scare the pants off the Losers Club.
Who’s ready for a good scare?
For those not already familiar with the novel or the 1990 miniseries, IT follows the seven self-proclaimed members of The Losers Club (Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, and Jeremy Ray Taylor) who first face Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), an evil otherworldly entity abducting children and masquerading as a clown, in the sewers under Derry, Maine as pre-teens before returning to finish Pennywise off as adults 30 years later. This version of IT is updated to the 1980s from the 1950s, and it’s split into two films – the first (this one) focusing on the kids, and the second (with a TBA release date) focusing on them as adults.
While IT was originally set to be directed by Cary Fukunaga off of a script co-written with Chase Palmer, Fukunaga stepped out of the director’s chair over story disagreements with New Line Cinema in mid-2015 and was replaced shortly after by Mama director Andrés Muschietti, who is directing off of what appears to be the Fukunana-Palmer script with rewrites by Gary Dauberman.
This first trailer is light on Pennywise, instead choosing to hide him in sewers, behind balloons, and in slideshows, and ratchets up the tension and horror by focusing on the kids. Wolfhard and Lieberher are no strangers to horror/fantasy, as the former is on Netflix’s Strangers Things and the latter was in last year’s Midnight Special. This new adaptation looks to do Stephen King proud – and he’s confirmed it to producer Seth Grahame-Smith and Twitter.
Andy Muschietti's remake of IT (actually it's Part 1–The Losers' Club) succeeds beyond my expectations. Relax. Wait. And enjoy.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 7, 2017
IT creeps into theaters on September 8, 2017.