There has been a lot of attention given to the remake of Stephen King’s It lately, and no one even knows who is going to star in it yet. Now, even more focus will be on the sure-to-be terrifying horror remake, as a release date has now been revealed. Along with that, the rumors are starting on who may end up taking on the role of Pennywise the clown, who was so brilliantly played by Tim Curry in the original.
One of the best things that became known about It was back in February, when it was revealed that the film would be true horror and rated R. Fans have still been skeptical, though, as they simply believed it wouldn’t really happen until they knew when it was coming out.
Well, now they do. Collider reported that the remake from Andy Muschietti will be hitting theaters during the Halloween season next year, on September 7, 2017.
In the original film from 1990, there was a group of seven kids who were pretty much social outcasts and known as “The Loser Club.” Together, they form an everlasting bond that helps them face their greatest fears and the demon that lives inside the form of a child-killing clown known as Pennywise.
After defeating him as children, the group vows to come back together if ever “It” were to return. They go through their lives and try to think all is fine, but 30 years later, It is back and they must band together once more to confront what terrifies them.
Some huge names starred in the TV miniseries including Richard Masur, Annette O’Toole, Harry Anderson, Richard Thomas, and the late John Ritter and Jonathan Brandis.
If there’s one role that will always be remembered, though, it is going to be that of Pennywise the clown, who was played masterfully by Tim Curry. Some still consider Pennywise to be the most terrifying character in cinematic history.
The big question now is — Who will play Pennywise in the remake of Stephen King’s It?
Last year, it was reported that Will Poulter was in negotiations to take on the role of Pennywise, but nothing was ever said past that point. The star of We’re The Millers was said to be quite close to taking the part and being signed, but then chaos ensued.
At that point, original director and writer Cary Fukunaga dropped off the project, and it was actually in limbo for quite a while. It was also believed that Poulter was no longer attached in any way at all, but that may not be true.
Mama director Andy Muschietti has now taken the director’s chair, and as Bloody-Disgusting reported, he’s not necessarily against casting Poulter.
“Will Poulter would be a great option. For me, he is at the top of my list.”
Birth Movies Death named a number of actors that wouldn’t be bad choices for Pennywise, but nothing is confirmed. Names thrown around are Michael Pitt (Hannibal), Geoffrey Rush, Billy Bob Thornton, Sean Harris (Prometheus), Walton Goggins (Justified), and Jackie Earle Haley (Nightmare on Elm Street remake).
It would be interesting to see Haley take on the part of Pennywise after he already tackled being Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street remake.
For now, no-one has been cast in the film at all, and there are a lot of spots to fill.
Stephen King’s It may have started out as a terrifying novel before being made into a two-part TV miniseries, but it was absolutely frightening. It certainly does appear with the R rating and Halloween-ish release date that filmmakers are going to make it as genuinely scary as possible. Now, if only there was a casting for Pennywise the clown, then things would really get rolling — or floating.
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