Get ready to relive your worst childhood nightmare all over again, because the clown is back in town.
Rumors began swirling earlier this year that New Line Cinema was looking into producing a remake of Stephen King's most terrifying novel turned film, It, about a murderous clown who terrorizes children. Basically, it's every living being's worst nightmare. If you were a child of the '90s, and somehow managed to watch the film, you know what I mean when I say that street drains are the most terrifying places on the planet.
Well, the film's producer, Roy Lee, has confirmed to Collider that they have officially locked down a substantial tax break from California that will enable the film to begin production this year!
“It will hopefully be shooting later this year. We just got the California tax credit… Gary Doberman wrote the most recent draft working with Andy Muscetti, so it’s being envisioned as two movies.”
Andy Muscetti, the film's director, directed Guillermo del Toro's Mama, so he is no stranger to horror! The film is also confirmed for an R-rating, which nowadays allows for a lot more than an R-rated film did in the early '90s, when the original made for TV film adaptation starring Tim Curry as Pennywise was released. Basically, it is going to be the most terrifying horror film ever released, and you will never be OK again after seeing it. I'm still not OK after seeing the original!
It's an interesting choice to adapt the Stephen King novel into two films, however. The horror of the killer clown will extend beyond just two hours, and I am not sure I'll survive it! It became a horror cult classic, and played on the fear that many average adults and children have: a fear of masked children's characters and clowns. Stephen King's infamous novel is set in the 1960s and is about a "thing" that plays on your worst fears in order to trap you as its prey. 'It' seems to prefer children, terrorizing a town of innocent young victims.
Roy Lee also confirmed that It will remain close to the source material, but have a fresh take:
“It is very close to the source material in one way but very different if you look at it as a literary piece of work… We’re taking it and making the movie from the point of view of the kids, and then making another movie from the point of view of the adults, that could potentially then be cut together like the novel. But it’s gonna be a really fun way of making this movie.”
I want to see it so badly, but at the same time, I don't! Gah! I had enough trouble trying to sleep as a child after the original film, and I'm not sure anyone could be as frightening as Tim Curry in the role! Let's be honest though, I'm going to see it, and so are you, because apparently we enjoy being traumatized by our worst fears coming to life.