If it seems like everyone is talking about “Stranger Things,” that’s probably because they are — including the producer of “It,” who compares the tone of the new adaptation of the Stephen King’s novel to the breakout Netflix series.
“I think a great analogy is actually ‘Stranger Things,’ and we’re seeing it on Netflix right now,” Dan Lin told Collider at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour. “It’s very much an homage to ’80s movies, whether it’s classic Stephen King or even Spielberg. Think about ‘Stand by Me’ as far as the bonding amongst the kids. But there is a really scary element in Pennywise.”
The projects also share in common child star Finn Wolfhard, whom Lin said is part of “a great dynamic amongst the kids” in director Andrés Muscietti’s “It.”
“Chemistry is always a challenging thing with a movie like ‘It’ because you’re casting kids who don’t have a ton of experience, but it ended up being really natural,” he explained. “Each kid, like a ‘Goonies’ or ‘Stand By Me,’ has a very specific personality and they’re forming the loser’s club obviously. And now finally the evil force is coming into our movie. We’ve spent a few months getting the kids to bond and now they’re going to fight this evil, scary clown.”
Also starring Bill Skårsgard as Pennywise and Jaeden Lieberher, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor as members of the Loser Club, “It” will be split into two parts. The first, which opens Sept. 8, 2017, will focus primarily on the Loser Club’s first meeting with Pennywise, while the second will center on how the children reconnect as adults and battle the evil force once more.
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