It seems remakes are going to be hitting horror in a big way in the next few years. One of the remakes that we will be getting sooner is of Stephen King's IT. Now, a lot of fans are furious at the mention of remakes and with good reason, however I tend to have more faith in them.
So for this post I thought I'd share what information I know and the three reasons why I think IT might hold up.
3. Bill Skarsgard As Pennywise The Clown
Now my main reason for having faith in this remake is the fact the Bill Skarsgard is cast as Pennywise. Bill has become one of my favourite actors since I saw him as Roman in the Eli Roth Netflix series Hemlock Grove. Although he is much younger than Tim Curry was when he played the original Pennywise, he is a very great actor who definitely has the chops to play a great villain, especially a creepy clown:
“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.” — Bill Skarsgard
2. IT Will Have Time To Tell The Story
So according Variety, the film will be split into two parts, one focusing on the "Loser's Club" as children, and the other on them doing the final battle as adults. This is best so the film isn't rushed or too long for typical moviegoers to enjoy. We will get to know the characters better, which is something Stephen King is pretty big on.
1. A New Timeline Will Add A Fresh Take
The timeline looks like it will be in the late 1989 for the first film. This being due to the set photos released, showing a theater with Batman and Lethal Weapon 2, both released in '89. That will put the second film will be pretty close to present day.
A new time setting for the film could be a great take on the story — or a bad one — only time will tell I suppose. I guess we will have to wait until the IT release, which is currently set for September 8th, 2017.
Now I know a lot of fans are dreading this, but I am looking forward to it much more than I normally do remakes. I've been dying for a good mainstream horror release because I personally believe popular horror has been lacking as of lately. Although remakes aren't exactly what I think would be the best way to improve horror, but it is at least more promising than the current state of horror films. But that's just one opinion — let me know what you think below.