It goes without saying that I am thrilled that there are two Stephen King film adaptations heading for the big screen this summer. The first is The Dark Tower, based on the series of novels and starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, the gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black (who fled across the desert) and is rumored to be released in July.
The second film is based on IT, my favorite of all the King novel in my library, and is to be released on September 8. Divided into two parts, this novel was adapted only once before in 1990 for ABC Television and starred Tim Curry as Pennywise the Clown. Bill Skarsgård puts on the iconic clown make-up and costume in this adaptation and, if the trailer is anything to go by, he turns in an incredible performance and gave many Coulrophobia.
Just look at these ultra-creepy behind the scene photos:
Behind-the-scenes with Tim Curry as Pennywise the Dancing Clown aka IT. Even the BTS shots are creepy. *chills* pic.twitter.com/18RoZqodQ7
— BBTV Screen Time (@BBTVScreenTime) August 10, 2016
IT is the story of Derry, Maine, a small city with secrets buried deeper than its own sewer lines, secrets that rise up every 27 years or so in the shape of a sinister clown. In the novel, the story follows ‘Stuttering’ Bill Denbrough and his friends over the summer of 1958. As adults, the friends return to Derry in 1985, hoping the magic of childhood carried over.
Of all of Stephen King’s books (which I have read more times than the number of days in the last 100 years), IT has always been my favorite of favorites. I’ve read IT so many times, more times than his other titles, that I often skip huge sections (usually the parts I don’t like, which is usually the parts that don’t feature the Lucky Seven) and plow through my favorite parts. Most of the time, however, I will read every single word.
And no matter how many times I’ve read IT, I live the novel and breathe and love with the characters, and I will always, always, always cry at the end, when Bill Denbrough almost remembers his childhood and the friends he shared it with.
In case you did miss the new trailer, here it is:
IT: Part One – The Loser’s Club will be released on September 8, 2017. Keep an eye out for creepy clowns handing out balloons that float.
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