pennywise first look

Stephen King has written many great books (and his fair share of stinkers), but few linger in the public consciousness quite like 1986’s It, which remains one of the most ambitious, unsettling, and profoundly frightening horror novels of all time. Over 1,138 pages, King told the epic story of an unnamed supernatural force that terrorized the town of Derry, Maine over decades and the small group of friends that stood against it. And while this creature had many incarnations, it is best remembered for the first form the reader witnesses: Pennywise the dancing clown.

After years of development, It is finally becoming a feature film under the direction of Mama‘s Andrés Muschietti, with Allegiant star Bill Skarsgård going under the creepy face paint to play Pennywise himself.  Now, our first look at Skarsgård in character has arrived and if you’re already afraid of clowns, this won’t do you any good.

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Mama director Andres Muschietti has been lining up some high-profile projects since his 2013 breakout horror movie. Muschietti not only replaced Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation) on a Stephen King adaptation, It, but he was also briefly attached to The Mummy reboot and signed on to helm the video game adaptation, Shadows of Colossus. With The Witch of Lime Street, Muschietti adds another potential film to his future. Learn more about the Harry Houdini film after the jump.

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It movie director

Warner Bros has been trying to remake Stephen King‘s It for over six years now. The project, now at New Line, was most recently going to be directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective), but the filmmaker left the project after clashing with the studio. But now New Line has found a new filmmaker for their It adaptation: Andrés Muschietti (also known as Andy Muschietti), the director behind the Universal horror hit Mama.

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With Josh Trank kind of busy for the next several years, his adaptation of the Sony game Shadow of the Colossus needed a new director. Sony has found one in Andy Muschietti, the director of Mama, who had recently been attached to The Mummy reboot. (Among other things.)

Russ described the game as follows back when the film first went into development: “[It] features a young male protagonist who is told that his dead love can be revived if only he kills a collection of giant beasts that reside across the countryside. He does so without question, and the player is left to eventually wonder if the kid is being played. Visually austere yet stunning, the game was a critical hit and has endured as one of the masterpieces of the PlayStation 2 generation.” Read more about the Shadow of the Colossus movie below.
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Mummy reboot

Universal’s The Mummy reboot has lost another director. Mama helmer Andy Muschietti, who was brought on board last year after Len Wiseman dropped out, has now exited the project due to “creative differences.” Specifically, his lack of interest in delivering the family-friendly action-adventure that Universal had in mind. Hit the jump for more details on his departure.

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Andy Muschietti

Universal’s reboot of The Mummy hit a big snag earlier this summer when director Len Wiseman dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with his Fox series Sleepy Hollow. But the studio, still determined to get the film in theaters sooner rather than later, scrambled to snap up a replacement, and now it appears they’ve found one.

Mama director Andres Muschietti has entered talks to helm the horror pic, which was scripted by Jon Spaihts. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Sean Daniels are producing. More details after the jump.

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Whether Universal can convince Andy Muschietti to come back for a Mama sequel remains to be seen, but the studio is sticking with the horror director one way or another. Muschietti has entered talks to helm Universal’s post-apocalyptic thriller Bird Box, based on an upcoming book by musician Josh Malerman. The project also brings back Muschietti’s sister and Mama co-writer / producer Barbara Muschietti, who’ll produce along with Scott Stuber and Chris Morgan.

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Don’t believe everything you hear on the Internet — that Toy Story 4 rumor, for one, is simply not true. Also after the jump:

  • Will Monsters University feature a cameo from Boo?
  • Universal wants to turn Mama into a franchise
  • Kick-Ass 2 seems to be doing reshoots in Toronto
  • The Last Exorcism Part II unveils a new poster
  • Paul Walker gets his own Fast & Furious 6 poster
  • J.J. Abrams discusses Klingons and Carol Marcus
  • Watch a new Star Trek Into Darkness featurette

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So far, the scariest thing about Paranormal Activity 5 may be how little anyone involved with it claims to know about it. We are talking about a movie that’s due out in just under nine months. After the jump:

  • Katie Featherston and Oren Peli talk Paranormal Activity 5
  • No, Linday Lohan will not be reprising her role for Machete Kills
  • Steven Spielberg says George Lucas still plans to do Indiana Jones 5
  • Sylvester Stallone is joking about wanting Bill Clinton for Expendables 3, right?
  • Judd Apatow considers another Knocked Up spinoff, this time about the kids
  • Andy Muschietti does not think there should be a Mama 2
  • Check out a sunny set photo from Insidious Chapter 2

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One of the first releases in the new year will be Mama, which comes from director Andres Muschietti and producer Guillermo del Toro. The feature stars Jessica Chastain as a woman who finds herself becoming foster mother to a pair of young girls who have spent years living in the woods after the murder of their parents. The film is based on Muschetti’s career-making short, also called Mama, a three-minute piece that seems to be one single take. It’s an excellent little piece of work.

We posted the original short back in 2009, but are able to present it again now. This time, the short comes with a bonus intro from Guillermo del Toro. Read More »