Whether you’re a Stephen King fan or not, you can’t deny the power of his writing as a horror author has captured the hearts and imaginations of readers all over the world. Being one of the prolific horror writers ever known, it comes as no surprise at all really how he has always been in such high demand by many film producers from both past and present; who wish to keep on wanting to adapt many of his novels to the big screen.
Right now, there are various adaptations of his work coming into full swing that involve some of his most epic and widely loved novels to date such as The Dark Tower, which finally arrives in July this year and a new adaptation of The Stand (although when that actually goes into full production is really anyone’s guess). In addition to this, King has re-teamed up with JJ Abrams once again after the success they had making and producing 11.22.63 last year, with a new TV show that works as an anthology simply titled Castle Rock that incorporates various inventive characters that King has created from over 40 years of writing.
And here we come to the much anticipated remake of IT – arguably the greatest (and most frightening) book SK has ever written. Totalling at nearly 1,400 pages long, its definitely been the biggest book an avid reader like me has accomplished completing. The decision to split this new film version into two halves, with part 1 focusing on The Losers club and and the second half focusing on when they return back to Derry, Maine 27 years later to defeat and end the evil presence that’s been terrorising their hometown, is of course a smart move if director Andy Muschietti is to make a more faithful adaptation than the 1990 miniseries failed to do.
Below is the first proper poster that was released last week for the film and boy is it chilling….
Although this poster sadly doesn’t reveal a clear enough version of Pennywise’s face this time around, the image of his hand offering a red balloon to six year old George Denbrough along with the written text of those three words are more than enough to send chills down anyone’s spine.
As it is usual trend when revealing first sneak peaks of hotly anticipated movies coming out within the next few months, the trailer was unleashed upon the internet just a day later. Not only is our first look into the film absolutely terrifying but if the teaser trailer is anything to go by, it seems we’re in safe hands that the actual tone and feel of the story has actually been nailed on its head. Of course this is just the teaser so its still early days yet from seeing the finished product but from what was revealed it certainly looks promising. I just hope this new version doesn’t hold back on any of its violence and shock value this time around, placing more emphasis on what IT really is and where it came from.
Have a look at the trailer below and let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. Are you excited for this remake as much as I am or do you think its another reboot that’s deemed unnecessary?
Stephen King’s IT is released in UK cinemas on the 8th September.