Back in 1986, Stephen King’s massive fright novel It was a runaway bestseller. Just four years later, it was adapted for television as a popular miniseries that starred Tim Curry as a demonic entity that transforms itself into the murderous Pennywise the Clown.
A big-screen version has been under development since 2009. Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation, True Detective) was attached to direct in 2012, with the idea that the story would be divided into two installments covering past and present events in the novel. Eventually, creative differences arose and Fukunaga departed. Andres Muschietti boarded the project last year. Advance word has been quite positive and the first trailer certainly reinforced that notion.
Now a new trailer has been released and it doubles down on the dread and horror we can expect. Watch it below.
Andres Muschietti, who previously helmed Mama, a spooky horror thriller that starred Jessica Chastain.
Chase Palmer, Cary Joji Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman (Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, The Nun).
Bill Skarsgard plays the legendary Pennywise. Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton and Jackson Robert Scott also star.
When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
In King’s novel, Pennywise returns to Derry every 27 years. The original television mini-series was broadcast 27 years ago, which is also the same year that Skarsgard was born.
September 8, 2017.