Though we’re certainly not starving for Stephen King adaptations these days, we haven’t seen anything good in terms of films in quite a while. The last few (Cell, Mercy, etc.) were all fairly underwhelming and though Sony’s upcoming franchise starter The Dark Tower looks promising, the lack of marketing for the blockbuster has us feeling a bit apprehensive about how it’ll fare.
One project that’s got everyone pretty excited though is It, the remake of the popular 1990 miniseries, itself based on King’s novel of the same name. So far, all of the footage we’ve seen has been tremendously promising and going into the last half of the year, it’s by far one of 2017’s most anticipated releases. While we imagine that it’ll still be another few weeks – if not more – until the final trailer debuts, we can at least share one more piece of promo material with you today in the form of a magazine cover.
Seen below, the photo features Pennywise the Dancing Clown, who’s set to light up theatres on September 8th with an R rating, as the official classification cites “violence/horror, bloody images, and strong language.” Excited yet? Hemlock Grove star Bill Skarsgård has been brought in to play the transdimensional demon. With piercing yellow eyes and that iconic, fuzzy red crop of hair, it’s as though Skarsgård’s entity has clawed its way straight out of your nightmares – something the picture below reinforces.
Orchestrating the nerve-racking thrill ride from behind the lens is Andy Muschietti (Mama), who has spent much of the film’s production posting incremental status updates via Instagram – creepy set photos, close-ups of Bill Skarsgård’s otherworldly demon, and posters of the movie itself. That steady stream of content will likely continue right up until the film’s release, and knowing that Muschietti has been given the freedom of working on an R rating is music to our ears.
Casting-wise, Stranger Things breakout Finn Wolfhard is attached to the part of Richie Tozier, who spearheads a Losers Club comprised of Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher), Ben Hanscom (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Stan Uris (Wyatt Oleff), Mike Hanlon (Chosen Jacobs), Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Dylan Grazer) and Beverly Marsh (Sophia Lillis).
It Part 1 – The Losers Club will creep into theatres on September 8th, before a second, conclusive chapter in New Line’s adaptation – one which picks up years after the fact, at a time when the Losers Club tackle Pennywise as adults – arrives the following year.