Even if you aren’t already afraid of clowns.
This year’s remake of the 1990 horror miniseries (which starred Tim Curry as the child eating demon Pennywise) just dropped its first teaser and pretty much silenced cynics who doubted its ability to live up to the original — myself included.
Taking the reigns of It — or, uh, red nose, I guess — is younger Skarsgård brother, Bill, who you may or may not recognize from the Netflix horror series Hemlock Grove. This Pennywise is somehow more terrifying than Curry’s (a huge feat, considering a good portion of ’90s kids probably still blame him for their years of bedwetting), donning some killer claws and a dirty clown suit that looks like it was pulled from a life size antique doll.
The teaser offers snippets that are reminiscent of the original It, like Georgie’s paper boat and the photos Pennywise invades as part of his plan to terrorize a group of neighborhood kids. 2017 It, however, is much, much darker.
It hits theaters September 8, 2017. Will you be floating, too?
When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
“IT” stars Bill Skarsgård (“Allegiant,” TV’s “Hemlock Grove”) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (“Midnight Special”), Jeremy Ray Taylor (“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”), Sophia Lillis (“37”), Finn Wolfhard (TV’s “Stranger Things”), Wyatt Oleff (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming “Cops and Robbers”), Jack Dylan Grazer (“Tales of Halloween”) and Nicholas Hamilton (“Captain Fantastic”).
Muschietti is directing “IT” from a screenplay adapted by Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman. Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg and Barbara Muschietti are producing, with Marty P. Ewing, Doug Davison and Jon Silk serving as executive producers.
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Chung-Hoon Chung (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”), production designer Claude Paré (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), editor Jason Ballantine (“The Great Gatsby”), and costume designer Janie Bryant (TV’s “Mad Men”).
A presentation of New Line Cinema, “IT” will be released worldwide beginning September 8, 2017, by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Entertainment Company.