Get ready for another wave of revivals. Stephen King’s novels, which have long been fertile ground for film adaptations, are being revisited. That includes King’s novel It, which previously got a miniseries adaptation with Tim Curry behind the clown paint of Pennywise. This year, the long-delayed movie adaptation will hit theaters, and New Line Cinema has the trailer to prove it.
This time, Pennywise will be played by Bill Skarsgård, who looks like he’ll have a more menacing take on the character than Tim Curry. I won’t get too much into the nature of Pennywise and It just in case you’re coming into this movie without having read the book or seeing the miniseries, but suffice it to say he’ll succeed in terrifying the children of Derry, Maine.
The full title of the movie is It: Part 1 – The Losers’ Club, in reference to the group of kids at the heart of the story. It’ll be the first of two movies, and while that’s usually annoying and sometimes disastrous, it makes sense with the way King’s novel is constructed. The novel follows the characters as both children and adults, and while the novel isn’t split cleanly into two parts, there’s been talk of a supercut of the two movies being put together after they’ve both been release.
Also coming to theaters this year is The Dark Tower. Another project that’s been a very long time in the making, that movie will be a sequel to King’s The Dark Tower series, which spans eight volumes. The Dark Tower links King’s many works together loosely, so if there are any plans to create a Stephen King cinematic universe (and the scores of movie remakes that would entail), that’s where it’s going to start. They can go nuts with remakes if they want, but if they’re going to remake The Shining again, good luck.
This story was originally published at Pennywise the Clown Returns in the First It Trailer