We all float down here, Richie! Entertainment Weekly‘s new photo from New Line’s remake of the 1990 “It” miniseries reveals Pennywise the Clown in his natural habitat, scuttling through the sewers of Derry, Maine. This time around, Bill Skarsgård picks up the Pennywise mantle, stepping in for Tim Curry, who appeared in the original adaptation of Stephen King’s lengthy horror novel.
“Pennywise shows up, he’s front and center, and he does his show. He has an act,” director Andrés Muschietti explained. “So it’s weird all the time, and every little thing implies a further threat.”
The New Line adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel tells the tale of a group of misfit children who come together one summer to confront the mysterious, shape-shifting monster that’s plagued their town, most frequently in the form of a clown named Pennywise. Previously adapted as a 1990 television miniseries starring Tim Curry, “It” will be split into two parts, with the first focusing on the children’s first dealings with Pennywise, and the second the later encounter.
The film has been compared by producer Dan Lin to the Netflix summer hit “Stranger Things.” “It’s very much an homage to ’80s movies, whether it’s classic Stephen King or even Spielberg,” he said in August. “Think about ‘Stand by Me’ as far as the bonding amongst the kids. But there is a really scary element in Pennywise.”
Directed by Andres Muschietti (“Mama”), “It” stars Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Chosen Jacobs, Wyatt Oleff, Nicholas Hamilton, Owen Teague and Logan Thompson. The film debuts debut Sept. 8, 2017.
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