Two of most intriguing and interesting storylines of all time have a very interesting connection that a lot of people may not have known about. Stranger Things has a lot of references to movies and TV shows from the ’80s as well as some from the ’70s. It should come as no surprise that common scenes are present all over the place, but the weird thing is that there may actually be even more between the hit Netflix series and the remake of Stephen King’s It.
There are a number of Stephen King references throughout the first season of Stranger Things, and the master of horror even brought that to the attention of the world.
Watching STRANGER THINGS is looking watching Steve King’s Greatest Hits. I mean that in a good way.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 17, 2016
Slash Film reported that the Duffer Brothers, the creators of the series, intentionally honored King with references to The Mist, Carrie, Firestarter, Stand By Me, and others, but there’s more to their tributes. It appears as if the Duffer Brothers actually wanted to do their own big-screen adaptation of It, but Warner Bros. rejected their pleas.
In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the Duffers asked Warner Bros. a long time ago if they could remake Stephen King’s It.
“That’s why we ended up doing this because we’d asked Warner Brothers. I was like, ‘Please,’ and they were like, ‘No.’ This was before Cary Fukunaga. This was a long time ago.”
Ross Duffer states that the job went to Fukunaga “because he’s established” and they simply weren’t at the time. They really wanted to be the directors for the remake of It, but once turned down, they figured they’d do the same kind of thing over eight episodes with Stranger Things.
The connection between the series and the remake of the film are interesting, but they make fans wonder if the new movie is going to be a straight adaptation of the original miniseries or change it up. Very little has been revealed about the actual plot of Stephen King’s It, but FanSided may have picked up on some hints.
A video was located on YouTube that shows some interesting props and set locations for the new film, and it comes from user Casey Oingo who put them together. Oingo visited some of the sets and found old cars, a sign for the “City of Derry,” and some old “missing posters.”
The posters show children that are considered lost by the police and ask for anyone’s help in finding them. This truly leads many to believe that the tale from Stephen King’s novel and the original two-part miniseries will be recreated in the R-rated remake.
Interestingly enough, Finn Wolfhard will be playing the role of Richie Tozier in the remake, and fans of Stranger Things may think his name sounds familiar. It should, as he played the part of Mike Wheeler and hopes to continue his relationship with Eleven in Season 2.
Just like with the original miniseries, the remake of Stephen King’s It will be split into two parts, with the first coming to theaters on September 8 of next year. Andy Muschietti has signed on to direct it while Bill Skarsgard is going to take on the role of Pennywise the Clown.
Fans have high hopes that Skarsgard will do the role justice as it was so perfectly played by Tim Curry the first time around.
— Christian Roberts (@ChistianRoberts) July 30, 2016
The remake of Stephen King’s It is drawing a lot of attention as many are curious to see how time and new technology can make one of the scariest stories of all time even more frightening. The Duffer Brothers wanted to adapt King’s novel for the big screen, but they were shot down, and fans can be happy about that as it brought forth Stranger Things. Now, one has to wonder if the plot for It is going to be nearly as good as the Netflix masterpiece.
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