Warner Bros. has released a new batch of images from the upcoming film IT showing the Losers Club on their hunt for Pennywise. It’s been 27 years since Stephen King’s supernatural horror novel IT was famously adapted into a television miniseries in 1990, with Tim Curry as evil clown Pennywise. Now, the first big screen adaptation of the novel is on its way with Andy Muschietti on the lead and Bill Skarsgard as the new Pennywise.
IT – also known as IT: Part 1 – The Losers’ Club – is the first film in a planned duology and will follow seven children, known as “The Losers Club”, as they come face to face with their biggest fears when they discover an evil shape-shifter entity possessing their town. With just a couple of weeks to go before the release of the film, Warner Bros. has released new images giving a closer look at the Losers on their quest to defeat said evil entity.
These images give a better look at characters such as Beverly Mash (Sophia Lillis), the only female member of the Losers’ Club; Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher), the leader of the Club and brother of Georgie, one of Pennywise’s first victims; Ben Hanscom (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Mike Hanlon (Chosen Jacobs), and Richie Tozier (Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard) about to come face-to-face with Pennywise, as seen on the second trailer. Other images show the Losers outside the sewage system and inside an abandoned house.
Unlike the novel, which is set in the 50s, this first part is set in the summer of 1989 and the second film will be set in the present day (contrary to the novel, whose latter half is set in the 80s), following the Losers Club all grown-up. Another big change from the source material is the opening passage, which was tweaked to bring more ambiguity about the fate of a certain, well-known character. So far, this new adaptation has Stephen King’s seal of approval and promises to be darker and more horrifying than what came before.
Indeed, adapting the novel to the big screen with an R-rating should allow the filmmakers to really do the source material justice, going to darker places than the miniseries. IT has the potential to not only become one of the year’s scariest films but also one of the best adaptations of a Stephen King novel.
Source: Warner Bros (via The Wrap)
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