by Logan Myerz
There is one primal fear that most everyone can agree upon: the fear of clowns. The TV mini-series that changed and scarred my life forever was, obviously, Stephen King’s IT. Watching this as a young child and having that terror still surround me in my early 30’s is something that a lot of TV shows and films really lack these days. In 2016, we are doused with remakes, reboots, re-imaginings, and unfortunately they all really lack the focus of what the writers and filmmakers once stood for: originality. With that being said, IT has been around for twenty-five years and still holds up to this day. For a younger generation which may not be familiar with Pennywise and the children he terrorized and killed, he’s making his way to the big screen in 2017 to torture and haunt all over again!
Andy Muschietti (Mama) is taking the directing throne of the newest adaptation based off of the famous novel written by Stephen King. Finn Wolfhard posted a picture on his Instagram account of the new “Losers’ Club” that was taken on set in Toronto.
Jaeden Lieberher (St. Vincent) plays Bill Denbrough, the leader of The Losers’ Club. Other cast members include Finn Wolfhard as Richie Tozier, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley Uris, Chosen Jacobs as Mike Hanlon, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie Kaspbrak, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben Hanscom. Owen Teague plays the teen bully Patrick Hockstetter.
It will be interesting to see these young actors take on the evil forces of Pennywise portrayed by Bill Skarsgard (Hemlock Grove). According to Hitfix.com, the story will be cut up into two films with the first film showcasing the children and the second film will be The Loser Club as adults, still facing their fears and overcoming the trauma they succumbed to at a young age.
One thing is for sure, this film will be bringing a larger shock value with more gore and scare tactics with an R rating.
The first film will hit theaters on September 8th, 2017.
Sources: Instagram, Hitfix