Thanks to MTV, a new preview is now here for this September’s IT movie adaptation. There are few authors more iconic in their own right than Stephen King, horror master extraordinaire, who has also excelled on the few occasions he’s gone outside of the genre (see his stories that inspired such classic films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me). When it comes to King’s pure tales of horror though, most would likely rank IT near the top of the list. IT of course tells the now well-known story of the titular shape-shifting monster and his quest to make victims out of a group of outcasts known as The Losers’ Club, both as children and as adults.
IT was adapted into a TV miniseries back in 1990, which while far from a perfect representation of King’s doorstopper of a novel, remains memorable due to the legendary Tim Curry’s absolutely mesmerizing performance as Pennywise the Clown. While IT takes many forms in King’s book, it’s easy to see why both the Curry miniseries and – at least from what has been shown so far – director Andy Muschetti’s upcoming big screen adaptation of the story chose to concentrate their focus on the guise that has single-handedly inspired a fear of clowns in many.
During Sunday’s 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards – the first time the network has opted to celebrate offerings from both the big and small screens – viewers were treated to a special sneak preview clip of IT (2017), and it features even more creepy instances of Pennywise preying on the fears of Bill, Ritchie, Bev, and the rest of the Losers’ Club. Check it out above, but don’t be surprised if you get the urge to check for monster clowns before going to sleep tonight.
The above preview follows on the heels of IT’s first trailer, released in late-March. Said trailer took the internet by storm, shattering viewing records, and proving just how strong a desire today’s audience has for a new take on one of King’s most beloved works. IT is a book that means a lot to many people, and there definitely appears to be more than enough room for two worthwhile adaptations.
Smartly, Muschetti seems to be taking a different tack with his version of Pennywise – played by Bill Skarsgard – likely realizing that trying to emulate Curry’s style would be a fool’s errand. 2017 Pennywise seems a lot more sadistic, and a lot less playful than Curry’s rendition, lending a bit more savagery to the proceedings. With this latest clip continuing to whet their appetites, IT fans now return to pining for September, when the world finally gets to see for sure whether IT (2017) sinks under the weight of hype or floats like one of Pennywise’s many victims.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures