ONE of Stephen King’s most terrifying creations has returned with a vengeance…
Written by admin on September 14, 2017
…and it’s brought its red balloon.
A full 27 years after Tim Curry terrified audiences as Pennywise the clown, a new generation is being introduced to him – or “it”. Here’s what we know about the 2017 remake of the movie It…
When was It released and what’s it about?
The film is based on a 1986 Stephen King novel of the same name, about a malevolent creature who manifests as a clown – which inspired a 1990 two-part series for US TV.
It tells the story of a group of seven misfit school kids – known as the Losers Club – in the town of Derry, Maine, who are separately terrorised by a strange figure, who calls itself Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
The youngsters try to work out what the clown is, and whether it’s connected to the disappearance of several children in the town, including the younger brother of gang member Bill.
Tilda Swinton was offered the role of Pennywise for the remake but her schedule was full, and Brit actor Will Poulter dropped out of the project after being attached to the part.
The creepy role was eventually given to 26-year-old Swedish actor Bill Skarsgard, brother of Alexander, who “blew the socks off” producers during his audition, beating main rival Hugo Weaving.
The seven kids in the Losers Club will be played by Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor.
The 2017 movie is the first of two, with the second set 27 years after the events of this one.
As huge fans of the 80s TV show, the Duffer Brothers – creators of Netflix series Sreanger Things – wanted to direct this big screen version, but were considered too inexperienced at the time it was planned, a whopping eight years ago.
When did the original come out and who played Pennywise?
The 1990 original was a two-part TV series that aired on ABC.
British actor Tim Curry, known for the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Clue, played Pennywise the Dancing Clown, and it’s thought of as one of the best performances of his career.
Like the new movies, the miniseries broke the story up into two parts, the first half focussing on the children when they were young and the second how they return to the town years later.
As it’s been 27 years since the TV series, the movie remake comes at the perfect time. This is because in the book, the creature “It” returns to the town to feed on its children every 27 years – and if you add up the numbers in the release date, 8/9/2017, you get 27.
Bill Skarsgard was also born the year that the original It came out.
He is now 27!