Warner Bros. has released a pair of new images from Andrés Muschietti’s upcoming film It, which focuses on a group of misfit children, together known as the Losers Club, living in Derry, Maine who are plagued by an ancient evil that often disguises itself as the clown Pennywise. The Losers Club, and their supernatural antagonist, are the focus of the new pictures, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
It is an adaptation of the 1986 novel by Stephen King. The novel was previously adapted into a miniseries by ABC in 1990. In that adaptation, Tim Curry played the creature Pennywise, a role that has been taken up by Bill Skarsgard for the reboot.
According to Muschietti, the role of Pennywise has always presented a problem. Most horror movies, like Muschietti’s 2013 film Mama, tend to hide the monster until the very end, opting for a terrifying reveal. That’s not the case with Pennywise, who has a penchant for showmanship as the film’s resident ghoul.
“He is present. It’s not like one of those movies where you can hide the monster,” Muschietti said. “He’s front and center, he does his show, and he has an act. He is a clown.”
Debuting in theaters on Sept. 8, It is a production of Warner Bros. directed by Andres Muschietti and starring Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer and Nicholas Hamilton.