The New ‘It’ Movie Is Aiming for an R Rating

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It seems like babysitting is going to be a much more lucrative job in the near future. Ever since the Deadpool movie hit the jackpot with its R rating, the “PG-13=more money”mentality seems to be dying a slow and painful death. Now it seems like the studio suits are giving filmmakers some much-needed freedom when it comes to mature content. The upcoming Wolverine film is supposedly aiming for an R rating, and will hopefully give audiences an appropriately gory adaptation of such a brutal character. Moreover, there is another film is looking to be restricted to unaccompanied audiences under 17. This one in particular is an adaptation of a Stephen King story with one of the scariest clowns known to mankind.

In a recent interview with Collider, producer Roy Lee confirmed that the script for the upcoming adaptation of It is in the works, and will certainly be rated R. The original novel, which involved a killer clown who slaughters children, doesn’t exactly scream: “fun for the whole family!” Therefore, it’s needless to say that an R rating is an appropriate goal.

The last film adaptation of It was a miniseries that left several scenes from the book out to make it suitable for television. On the other hand, it featured a delicious performance from Tim Curry, and the thought of another actor topping him is almost inconceivable.

While discussing the film’s accuracy to the book, Lee said that the project will involve shooting two separate movies before potentially cutting them into one:

“It is very close to the source material in one way but very different if you look at it as a literary piece of work… We’re taking it and making the movie from the point of view of the kids, and then making another movie from the point of view of the adults, that could potentially then be cut together like the novel. But it’s gonna be a really fun way of making this movie.”

The original miniseries was a little more than three hours without the more gruesome scenes, so creating a single film based on the film is probably going to be easier said than done. Moreover, despite its R rating, the production of It has already suffered from production issues. Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga was originally attached to the project, but he left it after Warner Brothers’ executives kept rejecting his ideas. Even with an R rating, a production run by executive fat cats doesn’t usually end well.

Luckily, the film is now being directed by Andres Muschietti, who previously directed 2013’s Mama. That film was pretty ambitious for a PG-13 horror film, so one has to wonder what Muschietti could do with an R-rated script. Perhaps after Deadpool’s success, the suits at Warner Brothers will lay off on the excessive notes and let Muschietti do his thing. Whether or not this movie will turn out well is unknown for now, but we still do know one thing…they all float down there.



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