Stephen King’s It Part 1 has officially been given an “R” rating, which is something fans of the original TV mini-series and novel wanted. But that seems to be a stark contrast as to what the studio would allow when Cary Fukanaga was on-board to helm the film and caused them to part ways last year following the announcement of the project.
“Atmospheric and Creepy”
Although “R” ratings are typically what holds horror movies back at the box office, they don’t always translate into lackluster returns for the film. It just means that to make big money, you have to be able to sell it to massive audiences across the country, and the world.
So for Stephen King’s It, the “R” rating simply means that producers for the film are willing to sacrifice big box office returns for a more authentic portrayal of the source material originally written by Stephen King over thirty years ago.
When the producer for Stephen King’s It, Dan Lin, spoke with Collider about the film, he gave some details that are quite thrilling for dedicated fans of Stephen King’s It novel. But there are also some details that fans are not looking forward to, which have to do with the studio and the box-office.
“It is a rated-R movie. If you’re going to make a ‘Rated-R movie,’ you have to fully embrace what it is, and you have to embrace the source material (Stephen King’s It),” Dan Lin said. “It is a scary clown (Pennywise) that’s trying to kill kids (The Losers Club). So of course that’s going to be a rated-R movie. The kids are amazing. You very much get a Stand by Me vibe as far as their camaraderie and the way they joke with each other and that they really care for each other. They do have a scary clown that’s taken over the town of Derry, so it’s going to be rated R.”
For those who do not know, Stand By Me is also a movie based of a Stephen King novella, The Body. The two stories also parallel each other in many ways, which includes camaraderie, time period and death. Although Stand By Me, or The Body, is not exactly a horror story, it does deal with the adolescent understanding of death mixed in with the friendships that kids forge in their youth.
“Vintage Splatterpunk fiction!”
Stephen King’s It really seems to push forward with that same concept and gives the audience a sense of dread when the kids are stalked by Pennywise the clown, which is actually a shape-shifting alien that had been on the earth since before the dawn of humans.
There is also one more thing to consider about just how close the movie is going to stick to Stephen King’s It novel. There are some parts of the book where the content is a little more than even an “R” rating will allow. For those who have read Stephen King’s It, then you know all to well what that scene is – and a child sex orgy is not something that any theater will allow to be shown.
This also leads to the next point that Dan Lin made about Stephen King’s It. The first part is solely dedicated to the portion of the book that dealt with the children who battled Pennywise the clown, as kids. But the second part of the book is about the children as grown adults, coming back to Derry, Maine to take on Pennywise once again after he reemerges after a long slumber.
What is a bit worrisome for Stephen King’s It is that if Part 1 does not do well, then Part 2 might not get the green light that everyone is hoping for from the studio. Only you the horror fan will be able to make sure that doesn’t happen, though.
Be sure to check out Stephen King’s It on September 8 this year when it opens in U.S. theaters.
Thanks to Josh Millican over at Horror Freak News for putting this on my radar.
[Featured Image via Warner Bros]