Those among us who fall under the category of Stephen King enthusiasts, horror aficionados, or both are beyond curious at every tidbit we get regarding Andrés Muschietti's IT adaptation of Stephen King's famous novel. After far too much time in development hell, and with only a poorly made (though cult classic accepted) TV movie to tide us over, whatever news we get about Muschietti's film is thoroughly analyzed.
Anyone hoping for insight on the film's progress would do well to keep an eye on Muschietti's Instagram account. The director thus far has posted around a picture a week from the set, usually some subtle clue into details from the film. The latest prove Muschietti's dedicated to his source material — details that would surely make Stephen King himself proud.
The one above is his latest, a gate with the number 29. Book readers of IT will recognize this as a reference to 29 Neibolt Street, an abandoned house in which the members of The Losers Club (the kids tormented by the creature in its many forms including Pennywise the Clown) hang out and where one of them, Eddie, first sees IT in the form of a homeless leper beneath the porch.
The overgrown weeds and dead grass suggest this is the place. Nothing's creepier than a rusted metal gate in front of a foreboding house. Hopefully, this means we'll see other Stephen King-approved locations including more of Derry, Maine and the Barrens, the vacant land where The Losers Club builds their fort.
But that's not the only thing the director has teased with deep nods to the original source material:
The first of these missing person posters seemed a confusing teaser from Muschietti. None of the kids in The Losers Club went missing in the book, including Richie. Instead, it looks like just a promotional teaser capitalizing on Finn Wolfhard's current attention related to his role as Mike Wheeler in Netflix's Stranger Things. While his character on the show doesn't go missing, the similarities in that show and IT are abundant. Side note, love that the poster says he's wearing a shirt that says "Freese's," a reference to an old department store in Bangor, Maine that closed in 1985.
The second poster of Betty Ripsom refers to a girl The Losers Club went to school with who is an early victim of IT. It makes sense for her to have a missing person poster, however, in the book and presumably the film, it's really only her voice that will make an "appearance."
Most interesting to note in these pictures is the affirmation of time period. The original novel featured The Losers Club kids first facing the monster of many faces in the late '50s and returning 27 years later in the '80s to take on IT again. Muschietti's version will feature the kids in 1989 (just doing the math of a 13-year-old kid born in 1976, though Betty's poster's math leads to 1987) and bring the adult-based second film to modern times (IT resurfaces every 27 years, 1989 + 27 = 2016).
Bill Denbrough's trusty bike Silver is the white steed to a stuttering, teenaged hero. Seen here all rusted up it looks more like the version we'd expect to see in the second installment of IT when the kids of The Losers Club are all grown up and returning to Derry to take on IT one last time. Since both films are supposed to be filming now, it may just be. Perhaps we'll see a shinier version in the first film.
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"He thrusts his fists against the posts but still insists he sees the ghosts." That's the quote seen on a shot sketch Muschietti shared indicating we'll likely hear Bill incanting the phrase he uses to focus when his stuttering makes it difficult for him to talk. A scene with him walking with his bike, Silver, could be to a friend's house or to the aforementioned 29 Neibolt Street. In the book, Bill seeks out his little brother George's killer at Neibolt — perhaps he's psyching himself up for a confrontation with the monster?
The second sketch is much darker, both literally and in its implications. Here it appears Bill is preparing a paper boat for his little brother. This paper boat is what leads poor George to the storm drain where Pennywise waits. As the opening scene of the novel, this may just be a glimpse of the film's beginning as well.
And speaking of George. The corner of Witcham and Jackson streets is the fateful location where the poor child meets his end. Derry is a significant town in many of Stephen King's novels, but especially in IT. This little detail on street names is especially cool.
This picture, posted a few weeks back to Muschietti's Instagram, might be the most intriguing as it hints at just how horrifying the film may be. Not sure who's head we're seeing floating in the creek here. It's likely one of Pennywise's victims and with two R-ratings assured for both installments of the film, it doesn't look like Muschietti plans to water down any of Stephen King's gore. Looks like we may get a chance to see bathrooms full of blood, the deadlights, flesh-eating birds, and maybe even a werewolf after all.
Are you excited by what Andy Muschietti's been teasing from set?