Director Andy Muschietti's feature film adaptation of Stephen King's It is currently filming, and little pieces of the movie are slowly being revealed. The biggest of these reveals to date is the design of Pennywise the clown, which has received mixed reviews among fans due to how different the design is from when Tim Curry played the character in the 1990 miniseries.
Now, new pictures have emerged from the Oshawa, Ontario filming location that show off a major landmark from King's book: the house at 29 Neibolt Street. Just like Pennywise, the design of the house is getting mixed reviews from fans of both the book and the 1990 adaptation.
The pictures, which were posted at Birth. Movies. Death., show off the run-down nature of the house that plays such an important role in the film. They offer both the house and the surrounding property, including abandoned cars and a lot full of dying grass and sunflowers. It looks like something out of a horror movie (which it is, but still), and obvious care went in to designing a structure that was as menacing and foreboding as what lives under the porch.
The look of the house has some fans uneasy, though. It seems to be a significant departure from the book, as the house is often thought of as a single-story dwelling that was in a state of disrepair but not on the verge of falling down. The book version was abandoned and run down, but it was still a place where transients would sometimes sleep. Given the obvious horror-movie look of the film's house, it's hard to picture anyone wanting to spend the night there.
Much like the design of Pennywise, it's obvious that Muschietti is going for a strong sinister style with this film. The anachronistic costume that Pennywise wears and his general design sets him aside from modern clowns and makes him seem all the more unsettling; it's unlikely that he'd be thought of as an evil clown even if he wasn't one of the monstrous forms of It. Likewise, the haunted-house aesthetic of 29 Neibolt Street would look dangerous even if there wasn't a monster living there. The film definitely isn't trying to be subtle, but it remains to be seen whether this lack of subtlety will be a benefit or a hindrance for the finished movie.
The design changes from the miniseries and King's novel might turn off some fans, especially since they make the evil in the story much more obvious than it was in the source material. It would be best to wait until there's a trailer so we can see everything in motion before making up your mind, though. There can be a big difference between what is seen in stills and set photos and how things work in finished films; if Muschietti gets the tone right, then the on-the-nose horror elements might work better than we expect.
It opens in U.S. theaters on September 8th, 2017.
Source: Birth. Movies. Death.