A film adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel It is currently in production. The first photo of the “monster” Pennywise has been shown.
Horror hit director of Mama, Andrés Muschietti has been making the nightmare clown Pennywise as terrifying as the original. He has been doing this with the help of Bill Skarsgård who is portraying the horror icon. Skarsgård is best known for his role on Netflix series, Hemlock Grove.
Pennywise has previously been played by actor Tim Curry in the 1990 miniseries It. The photo reveals a more sinister look to the Pennywise character than we saw with Curry.
“It’s important that we do something fresh and original for this one. It’s purposely not going toward that weird, greasy look,” Skarsgård said in an EW interview.
The story follows a group of teenagers who battle to defeat demonic entity Pennywise and succeed, or so they thought. In adulthood they must go back to Derry, Maine to finish what they started.
“There’s a childishness to the character, because he’s so closely linked to the kids,” Skarsgård said to EW. “The clown is the manifestation of children’s imaginations, so there’s something child-like about that.”
The film will only tell the first part of the It story. A possible second installment involving the adult versions of the characters is planned if the first is a success. The film will also fast-forward from the 1950s setting to a 1980s one. Some of the actors involved in the film are Jaeden Lieberher (St. Vincent), Megan Charpentier (Mama) and Owen Teague (Bloodline).
This new Pennywise looks scary enough to haunt the nightmares of the young and old alike. I know I was scared to go by sewers and storm drains as a child and it looks like that fear is about to re-emerge. It will be peaking out of the sewers on Sept. 8, 2017.