Tuesday, July 19, 2016

EDITORIAL: Stephen King's 'IT' Gets A Fresh Look As New Pennywise Is Revealed

One of the most anticipated remakes in recent years is coming to movie theaters everywhere on September 8, 2017. I'm referring to Stephen King's iconic story, IT, which was originally adapted into a two-part miniseries back in 1990. 

In the miniseries, the first part follows the characters as children who need to work together to defeat an evil clown named Pennywise. The second part catches up with them as adults and they must come together once again to destroy "IT" once and for all.  It seems as though the new film will follow a similar structure, as according to EW, the film will be set in both present day and in the late 1980's, with it being filmed in two parts. Part 1 will concentrate on a group of young kids who call themselves "The Loser's Club" as they are terrorized by Pennywise. Part 2 will concentrate on their adult lives and memories of Pennywise, and will most likely involve them facing the evil entity once again.  Part 1 will be released on September 8, 2017, with no release date set for Part 2 yet.

In my opinion, all the actors in the 1990 miniseries gave wonderful performances, but Tim Curry's was definitely the standout. So, who are they going to get to portray the infamous Pennywise in the remake? Well, it had been reported that Will Poulter (We're the Millers) was originally cast with  Cary Fukunaga on to direct. However, due to creative differences, Fukunaga left the project and Andy Muschietti (Mama) was brought in to take over directing. It was then announced that Bill Skarsgard would be doning the makeup as Pennywise. I'm not familiar with Skarsgard's body of work, but his pictures as Pennywise are deliciously evil and I'm looking forward to his portrayal of this iconic character.

Skarsgard has a lot to live up to, as Tim Curry's performance as Pennywise was phenomenal. However, I think it's time to introduce IT to a new generation and as a young actor, Bill Skarsgard has the power to do that. He describes the iconic character to EW, “It’s such an extreme character. Inhumane,” “It’s beyond even a sociopath, because he’s not even human. He’s not even a clown. I’m playing just one of the beings It creates…It truly enjoys the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt. What’s funny to this evil entity might not be funny to everyone else. But he thinks it’s funny.”

I think Stephen King's IT is as popular as it is because of how people are able to relate to the characters. We've all been bullied in some form and have fears. Pennywise doesn't scare audiences simply because he is a clown, but because he becomes what we fear the most. King has the wonderful ability of finding our fears and connecting them to his audience members.

As an avid fan of Stephen King and IT, I'm looking forward to the remake next year. Hopefully, it'll be worth the wait.

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