This fan trailer shows what IT could look like!
The IT Remake is Off
Recently, Warner Bros. announced that they were shelving their feature update of beloved Stephen King story, IT. Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Jane Eyre), was directing, but it seems we will never see his vision on screen.
The story of IT portrays a malice that doesn’t sleep, that has conquered a small town and rots its residents from the inside out through hate, racism, misogyny, bigotry, and sheer cruelty – though it’s set in the 1950s and '80s, it is extremely present.
The only ones who can free the town from IT's poisonous hold are a group of misfit kids. The kids call themselves "Losers," but they alone find the courage to face their fears to save Derry, not once, but twice. It's a story about children who are paying for the mistakes of their parents, but who, instead of lamenting how poorly they've been treated, decide to stop the cycle of violence.
It's one of Stephen King's most personal stories (in addition to being terrifying), and in dire need of a proper feature update. An adaptation crafted with respect for the source material, and with a desire to exemplify the most potent themes in the work would make for a movie that hits audiences in their guts, their hearts, and their brains.
Themes aside - the story features some of the scariest sequences Stephen King ever conceived. Even the PG, made for TV mini-series movie version in the 1990's (with iconic performance from Tim Curry) still has frightening imagery. Imagine what an R-rated adult horror film could do with those set pieces? Imagine what today's special effects makeup artists could do with Pennywise's many horrifying disguises, like the leper, or the old lady Beverly encounters when she returns to her former home as an adult?
And the character of Pennywise, himself, is an opportunity for a talented actor to blow our minds with his choices, in the way that Heath Ledger blew our minds as the Joker in Dark Knight. That character, alone, makes the film a worthwhile endeavor - his darkly cheerful humor, his crassness, his disgusting true form, and his delight at the fear and pain of children, all contribute to one of the best villains in literary history. IT can be film history, too.
Hollywood Redux wants IT back, a lot– when staffers heard the WB remake was canceled, we immediately jumped into action. We wanted to show our love for the project and that the fan desire for the film was alive, that interest was avid.
For our trailer, we wanted to show the most indelible, key images from the story: the ominous balloon in the library, Stan's suicide in a bathtub filled with blood, IT's fuel, Beverly desperately trying to wash blood out of her sink before her father finds it, and of course, the embodiment of fear, Pennywise, offering a balloon to poor, innocent, Georgie, shortly before devouring him.
Though Pennywise as a character is often a sly, subtle trickster, underneath the facade, there is a monster whose only imperative is to devour. And children taste better when they're frightened.
We wanted to also show the other main character in the story, the town of Derry. IT has taken up residence in the town's water supply and in its rivers--fear is literally in the water in Derry--and so we wanted to have constant running water, in the sound design and on screen as much as possible to emphasize the constant presence of IT to the characters and the audience.
There is a lot more to this story, though, to be explored in a feature update. There is currently a petition to rekindle the adaptation, started by other fans who feel the same. Hollywood Redux is imploring anyone else who believes in this story to sign.
Sign the petition here, then like and share the trailer below to show your support for Stephen King’s scariest story.
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