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Warner Bros. has found their clown in Bill Skarsgard (Hemlock Grove) for the two-part remake of Stephen King‘s fantastically horrific It. Now some might be asking themselves what happened to Bill Poulter, wasn’t he in line to go white-face? When director Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of no Nation) left the production over creative differences last year, it looks like the new director Adres Muschietti (Mama) wanted his own stamp of approval for the role. (more…)

The “IT” Remake Was Almost Amazing

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There was a point in time when “Stephen King horror flick” truly meant something.  With movies such as Carrie, Pet Sematary, Salem’s Lot, Cujo, and Children of the Corn, to name but a few, King has had a hand in some of the scariest cinema of the past 40 years.  One of those so-scary-it-will-traumatize-a-child movies was the made for tv classic, IT.  Telling the story of seven children whose lives are changed by an ancient creature that feeds on children and disguises itself as the scariest clown ever put on film, IT is one of the scariest King movies ever made.  For years, talks of a reboot have made the rounds and now, the reboot is alive and kicking at New Line, but not without issues. The biggest issue was the recent and unexpected departure of director Cary Fukunaga.  In a new interview with Variety, the True Detective director has opened up on why he left. Turns out, not everyone is on board for an even scarier trip to Derry, Maine. (more…)

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Word hit late yesterday that New Line Cinema‘s feature film re-imagining of Stephen King‘s It is back on track. The production lost Cary Fukunaga (True Detectives), the man who wrote the script for the two-part film and was set to direct until he dropped out after some infighting over budget restraints that wouldn’t allow for all the bells and whistles he wanted for the movies. Who’s taking over the director’s chair?

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There are plenty of movie lovers out there that cannot stomach remakes.  For many people, updating an existing property, especially one that is attached to warm nostalgia, is an almost unforgiveable offense and death threats via social media to the offending movie makers is almost a given these days.  On the other side of the coin, there are films out there that, while absolutely wonderful, are due for an update.  Stephen King’s It is one of those films.  For years, the R-rated reboot has been heading towards production and just recently, it appeared that the film had found its Pennywise in We’re the MillersWill Poulter.  It appears that excitement for the project may have been a bit premature, however, as director Cary Fukunaga has officially stepped away from the film. (more…)

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I get the heebie jeebies just writing this article.

Of the many Stephen King adaptations in development, perhaps the most promising is ItThe films (that’s right, it’ll be two films) will be directed by Cary Fukunaga, hot on the heels of True Detective. The man has such a skillful eye that seeing him take on anything is exciting but seeing him tackle a classic balls-to-the-wall horror film? Even better.

While Fukunaga is still attached, the films themselves are moving.

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Clowns.  They’re scary as hell and many people underestimate their capacity for killing and eating children.  Once, Stephen King tried to warn us about them with his book It.  Now, that story will be told on the big screen and the scariest clown ever, Pennywise, will be coming back to freak the living crap out of a new generation of kids and adults alike.

It was, in my opinion, one of Stephen King’s better and creepier books, following the lives of a group of friends in both present and past as they dealt with a terrible, evil clown in their hometown.  The book was made into a TV mini-series back in the 90s, but now the clowns at Warner Brothers are looking to capitalize a little more and make It into not one film, but two.  This is the culmination of a project that has been “in the works” for more than a decade.

So far, Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) has been set to direct as well as to help co-writer Chase Palmer with the script.  Though it may seem an unnecessary remake to some, the chance to bring It to the movie theater presents some new opportunities to make it as gruesome and screwed-up as King’s book was, as opposed to the water-down treatment that was necessary to get the mini-series cleared for television audiences.

Personally, I think that if they don’t release the two movies reasonably close to each other, it’s not going to work too well.  Part of the movie is suspense, and a year-long or more wait is definitely a suspense killer.  And, of course, it’s going to be really hard to top Tim Curry’s pure evil as Pennywise.

Whatcha think, Nerdreaders?  Good or bad?  Can anyone in the world be as cool as Curry the Clown?  Just another attempt at making ca$h?

 

Thanks to the folks at blastr, once again.