IT Behind-the-Scenes Reel

Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise in IT

Not unlike its eponymous clown, the adaptation of Stephen King's It is fast approaching, and in preparation of its September 8th premiere, some behind-the-scenes footage has been released to whet the collective appetite of horror fans everywhere.

Director Andy Muschietti (who tackled supernatural horror in 2013's Mama) is taking a unique approach to King's adaptation. Instead of jumping back and forth between the child and adult narratives from the original novel, he is splitting the story up into two parts. Part 1 will deal with the young group of Derry natives who dub themselves "the Losers' Club," while Part 2 (for which there have been no concrete production details released) will follow the same group of kids 27 years later.

The footage begins at the home of Henry Bowers, the Losers' sadistic bully played by Nicholas Hamilton. It then cuts through the various goings-on of Derry locals, most notably those of the film's kid heroes. There is a distant shot of the local movie theater, mentions of the infamous Black Spot and Kitchener Ironworks, and of course, a dingy visit to the Derry sewers.

The B-roll also catches the actors and filmmakers hanging out behind the scenes during some casual downtime. And the takeaway is: kids will be kids. There seems to be some solid chemistry between these young actors, which ought to come as a relief. The success of productions like Stranger ThingsSuper 8, and even The Goonieswhere kids make up the central cast, takes a significant gamble on not only hoping the actors can sell their roles to an audience, but create a solid rapport among their fellow castmates.

That said, what stands out most of all is the footage of "It" itself (a.k.a. Pennywise the Dancing Clown, a.k.a. Bob Gray). In one shot, he appears to be attacking (or even eating) one of his victims, while another bit of footage has him wandering around casually between takes. And it's worth mentioning that whether he's in character or not, Costume Designer Janie Bryant did the character justice in making Pennywise the Clown look appropriately scary as hell.


Aside from the B-Roll, the official It Twitter page released extended footage of the interaction between George Denbrough and Pennywise. Most of the promotional footage for It has focused heavily on this moment in the film, where Bill's younger brother has a one-on-one interaction with the clown after his paper boat fatefully floats down a storm drain.

Didn’t anyone tell you not to talk to strangers? #ITMovie is in theaters September 8. Tickets:

— IT Movie? (@ITMovieOfficial) August 25, 2017

The extended footage also reveals new dialogue from Pennywise, answering perhaps the most pivotal question that fans of the original made-for-TV miniseries starring Tim Curry have been mulling over: how will Bill Skarsgård's interpretation of the character differ from Curry's? As it turns out, the difference is more than a little noticeable, with Skarsgård aiming for what seems to be a more buoyant, childish approach, compared to Curry's commanding, sort of smoky New Englander take.

This adaptation of It stars Jaeden Lieberher as Bill Denbrough, Finn Wolfhard as Richie Tozier, Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie Kaspbrak, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben Hanscom, Wyatt Oleff as Stan Uris, and Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise.

Source: IT Movie

Key Release Dates
  • IT (2017) release date: Sep 08, 2017
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