Although it’s going to be seen by many as a straight remake of the two-part 1990 TV movie starring Tim Curry, the 2017 version of Stephen King’s IT isn’t just going to be the same thing all over again. For one, the full movie is going to be just focused on the novel’s first half, detailing a group of children’s fight against an immortal force known as Pennywise, who typically appears in clown form (played by Curry in the original, here by Bill Skarsgård).
We’ve not actually seen much of the film so far. Besides some production images establishing the child cast, most of the officially released materials have focused on Pennywise – Skarsgård’s new look and him popping up in various sewer locales. That’s all going to change very soon, however.
Alberta Film Ratings (h/t Trailer Track) has recently classified a trailer for the film running 2 minutes and 27 seconds, while director Andy Muschietti and sibling-producer Barbara Muschietti are teasing March 29th as a key date on Instagram, suggesting that’s when the new footage will drop.
It’s likely that this trailer will be the same as the one that screened a couple of weeks ago at SXSW. According to footage descriptions, the trailer focuses on the children’s discovery of Pennywise; it opens with a recreation of the iconic paper boat scene where little Georgie Denbrough is taken by the clown before moving into a slideshow reveal of the monster and the chilling line “We all float down here.“. Of course, the widely available teaser could be totally different footage or at least an alternate edit.
The trailer is rated 14A, the Canadian equivalent of America’s R (they also have more restrictive 18A and their own R), which means the film won’t be holding back on it’s promised intensity. Aside from the extreme horror, though, the closest stylistic comparison made by those involved in the production is to Stranger Things – the film even stars Finn Wolfhard – which is rather fitting; the Netflix show was rooted in replication of the 1980s, which fits the feel of classic King adaptations. How much of this side will be shown in the trailer is unclear.
If the trailer is as effective as the SXSW footage descriptions, then it’s sure to win many around to the long-gestating project. Stephen King himself has praised the movie, and while which of his adaptations he approves of is suspect (he famously hated Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining) that’s definitely a promising sign.