Stephen King’s It is making its way to theaters this fall and there have been some new details released by the film’s director, Andes Muschietti. But what is really shocking about the new film from the famed horror writer is that there is going to be a whole host of differences between the new film and the old ABC mini-series from the early 1990s.
“Vintage Splatterpunk fiction!”
Given the relatively small size of Tim Curry when he played the role of Pennywise in Stephen King’s It back in 1990, the new actor is a giant by comparison, according to Andres Muschietti in an interview with The Verge. That role has gone exclusively to Hemlock Grove’s Bill Skarsgard, who is a towering giant over Tim Curry.
“The day that he (Bill Skarsgard) showed up on the stage, they fucking freaked out,” Andres Muschietti said. “Bill is like, seven-foot high, and I can’t describe how scary he looks in person. He’s a wiry man, crouching, making sounds, snotting, drooling, speaking in Swedish sometimes. Terrifying.”
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Skarsgard towers over Tim Curry, who played the first terrifying version of Pennywise in Stephen King’s It back in 1990 alongside John Ritter and other in demand actors of the era.
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Andres Muschietti also gave fans of Stephen King’s It a little reminder of what the horror novel had in it and how it is going to translate to the film, which will hit theaters this year in September.
“The sense of dread that grows in Derry is part of the dread of Pennywise,” Muschietti said about Stephen King’s It. “Pennywise is not just a character that is shape-shifting. His influence is all around and he’s projecting this in the town of Derry and in the grownups of Derry. It’s all part of that atmosphere of dread that is even the anticipation than the scares in this movie.”
“Atmospheric and Creepy”
Fans of Stephen King’s It know that it is a two-party story. The first part takes place with a group of boys and one girl, collectively known as “The Loser’s Club,” who battle the evil clown/alien. The second part of Stephen King’s It are the grown up versions of the kids that come back to town and battle Pennywise a second and final time.
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