Stephen King’s ‘It’ Coming To The Big Screen

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One thing I never understood about cinematic adaptations of Stephen King stories is why they were mostly TV movies or mini-series instead of theatrical releases. The Langoliers, Salem’s Lot, The Tommyknockers, and The Stand, to name but a few.

Well one of King’s novels that was unjustly adapted into a TV mini-series rather than a theatrical film, was It. The mini-series has undoubtedly earned a loyal cult following (the performance of Tim Curry as the clown Pennywise is what the majority of people probably remember most), however, it always felt like a story ripe for a big-screen adaptation.

Well, it looks like that’s exactly what’s going to happen: Stephen King’s It is making it’s way to the big-screen. Warner Bros. will be behind the film, with Vertigo’s Ray Lee and Doug Davison producing alongside Dan Lin. The Invasion writer Dave Kajganich has been pegged by WB to adapt the book for the big-screen. No director has been pegged as of yet, although I’d like to throw Frank Darabont’s name into the ring – he has proven himself successful at adapting other King works like The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist. He’d be perfect for It.

For those of you not privileged enough to be fans of Stephen King, here is the story outline for It:

“It” centers on seven children in a small Maine town who confront the source of a series of murders in 1958 and again in 1985, when the cycle begins again.

The stories of Stephen King have been prolifically adapted for the screen over the years, but more often than not, the adaptations don’t compare to the books. The Shawshank Redemption is about the only one out of the bunch that most people agree is “better than the book,” but even then that was originally a short story and not a full novel, so depending on how you look at it, you could reasonably argue that it doesn’t count.

If they were to take a previously incarnated King story and do it properly on the big-screen then I’d like that they go down The Langoliers route. With an adequate budget and the right creative team behind it, I think that could be a fantastic sci-fi film.

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However in general it’s great to hear they are attempting a King story once again (it’ll never get old, no matter how many times they may mess up), and I think most would agree that It is a damn scary bit of source material for a film. The big question is whether or not the filmmakers will once again have It appear as the maniacal clown Pennywise (and if so will Tim Curry play him again?), or will they go down a different route.  After all, if you remember correctly, in the original story It was an entity that could manifest itself in the form of someone’s deepest fear–in the case of the seven children that the story centered on, that fear happened to be an evil clown. A new take on the story could possibly result in a new take on how It manifests itself.

I also wonder how they are going to boil this 1100+ page book into a couple of hours of movie. As is always necessary with literary adaptations they will have to cut out a lot of stuff, but the challenge for the filmmakers is choosing which parts to cut and which to keep in. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how they fare at it.

However, Hollywood, I’m begging you now – please don’t turn this into a generic horror/thriller or even worse: another torture-porn movie. IMO, Stephen King deserves better than that.

Are you happy that they are bringing Stephen King’s It to the big-screen? Or is it fine as in the form of the ’90s mini-series?

Source: Variety

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  1. Oop..I just have to say, The Stand was a classic too. When Stephen is on, he really is. I read The Stand three times in all incarnations and believe that the mini series was a wonderful adaptation. Thanks Stephen, for both that novel The Stand AND It. Two books I can read over and over again.

  2. yes! very glad! love stephen king’s movie. he’s the best horror movie director! love him!!! when i was a kid i was so amazed how i love “THE LANGOLIER’S” today i’am shocked still about it!!! my mom use to tell me i use to watch it all the time! i guess i loved stephen king since then. lol….i would love it if they brought back all his old movie’s back! cuz there are some i still haven’t seen, and today’s life it’s hard to look for them all! but yes i would love it if you guy’s made “it” come on the big screen,i love that movie. i own “it”! get it??? hahaha “IT” lol….i would love it if you made “the langolier’s” too as well…would love to bring back my childhood back to me! thank’s for ur time. hope it goes threw!!!!!!!

    • Stephen King is an Author. I stand to be corrected, but I dont think he has ever directed one of these adaptations. Try reading his books. Amazon may be able to help in this regard.
      Even the old ones….

  3. What makes Stephen King’s works, due to their involved exposition and narrative, so awesome would get lost in translation on the big screen due to time constraints. That’s why so many of his adaptations wind up being mini series, and even then alot of the background info from the books is still left out or referenced. I’m still super excited about IT coming out in theatres!

  4. IT is one of the least scary, most-hyped “horror” books I ever read. A giant shape-shifting spider? Give me a f-ing break. Gah!!! I won't be wasting my money on seeing this piece of garbage.

  5. IT is one of the least scary, most-hyped “horror” books I ever read. A giant shape-shifting spider? Give me a f-ing break. Gah!!! I won't be wasting my money on seeing this piece of garbage.

  6. Stephen King is a great writer. I’ve a copy of his novel It and I’ve seen the spectacularly eerie movie several times. I am also a published writer, myself. My book “Ghoulish Games and Other Eerie Tales” was mostly influenced by Stephen King as well as Poe and Lovecraft

  7. IT is the best book I have ever read. Stephen Kings imagination is indescribable. The detail in the characters throughout the book, and the way he describes their thoughts is incredible. Some of the text in the book was beyond belief, I had to read over and over. It has a lot of emotional elements as well. There’s no way a film could even compare to the book.

  8. The mini series is basically a movie already. There’s no need to revamp something that’s perfect as is.

  9. As long as it’s not trashed and turned into a dump horror porn flick I’ll be happy.

  10. “One thing I never understood about cinematic adaptations of Stephen King stories is why they were mostly TV movies or mini-series instead of theatrical releases.”

    “I also wonder how they are going to boil this 1100+ page book into a couple of hours of movie.”

    Uhhh. That’s why. The original IT that aired on TV was spread out across multiple episodes, you can’t do that with a theatrical release.

    • IT 1 and IT 2. hopefully that doesnt happen though.

  11. I always thought It was the mini-series that broke the mold. When it came out, television was considered the red headed step child of movies. If something was on TV, somehow it was lower quality than anything in the theaters. But, It became a classic, and Pennywise the first iconic monster to come out of television. True, It was not perfect, since the ending really looked ridiculous compared to what Stephen King had written, but people still remember Pennywise.
    I think the reason King movies appeared in mini-series format is because they were often long, epic stories that were too big to be shoved into a 2 hour movie. For proof of this, watch the mess that was Dreamcatcher (on second thought, don’t, and take my word for it). Still, we are living in an age or trilogy movies, and, couldn’t the It novel be adapted into a trilogy? Just a thought.

  12. I loved both the book and original mini-series. I am so excited for this especially since it is going to theatres!! I pray entire cast gets cast right.

  13. Wow. I was amazed how this article was necro’d a few times over the past year/s.

    Anyhow, I am a big Stephen King fan and I’m stoked whenever there’s any news regarding a possible remake/feature of his books into the small/big screen. I’ve probably read IT a couple of times already, and the first time I read it, I was captured by the idea and horror of Pennywise the clown. If ever this pushes through, I surely hope they dont mess anything up and stay as true as possible to the source.

    P.S. Suddenly remembered back when I was a kid, the cable channels used to keep showing Langoliers on Christmas Eve… i never got that.

  14. Since I read the book first, I was deeply disappointed by the TV version ending. Totally missed the point of how the heroes turned their individual weaknesses into strengths, and overcame IT psychologically and in interdimensional combat, not just beat a spider to death (arrgh). But I do not see how a 2-3 hour movie could adequately present what makes the book truly great. And it would be very tricky to include, but the girl’s strength and role in their survival was the most heroic of the story, and totally ignored (understandably) on TV. I would love to see a remake done right.

  15. This movie scared the bejeezus out of me when I was a kid. It was because of this movie that I started becoming afraid of clowns…

    Them… demon … clowns.