It director interview

Bill Skarsgard‘s small roles in movies like Allegiant and Atomic Blonde didn’t leave much of an impact on me, but after seeing his terrifying take on Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the new adaptation of Stephen King‘s It, he certainly has my attention. Director Andy Muschietti saw something in the young actor’s audition that no one else did, and together they crafted a new version of Pennywise that’s frightening, otherworldly, and truly feels as if you’re watching evil incarnated.

At the film’s press junket last week, I participated in a roundtable interview with Muschietti and Skarsgard and spoke with them about this updated Pennywise, casting the Losers’ Club kids, and one of Skarsgard’s acting choices as Pennywise that particularly fascinated me.
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Dracula prequel

We already know that It director Andy Muschietti wants to make directing an It sequel a priority before he jumps over to helm a live-action adaptation of Robotech, but now we can add one more project to his ever-growing plate: a Dracula prequel called Dracul.

But unlike 2014’s Dracula Untold, this movie will be the first prequel that’s actually authorized by the estate of original Dracula author Bram Stoker. Plus, this project has an even deeper connection to that family: Stoker’s great-grandnephew co-wrote the book on which this is based.
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Stephen King's It Trailer

This weekend brings the latest adaptation of Stephen King‘s classic horror novel It to theaters. Or at least it brings the first half of what will be a two-part theatrical adaptation, when all is said and done.

Director Andy Muschietti is tackling Pennywise the Dancing Clown and his terrorizing of the misfits known as The Losers’ Club this time, and based on the early buzz on social media recently, it sounded like the movie was going to be a beloved horror hit. Now that the full reviews are starting to arrive, things are looking a little more mixed, but there’s still plenty of acclaim here and word that fans don’t necessarily need to worry about being disappointed as long as they don’t expect perfection.

Read some of the It reviews from around the web below. Read More »

it sequel

It may seem silly to talk about a movie’s sequel before the first one is even in theaters, but Andy Muschietti‘s adaptation of It demands the conversation. Stephen King‘s massive novel was divided in half for the film adaptation and the scenes that take place 30 years after the “Losers’ Club” battle Pennywise the Clown (and its various other guises) were excised. But they weren’t forgotten. Even when we visited the set, the filmmakers were already talking about their plans for the sequel.

And with It finally hitting theaters on Friday, Muschietti is saying even more. Specifically, that some of the book’s deranged, cosmic weirdness could take center stage in the follow-up.

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It sequel

Warner Bros. and New Line must be feeling pretty good about director Andy Muschietti‘s big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s It. Box office tracking predicts a blockbuster. The early buzz has been very positive. The trailers are just plain creepy. Since the movie only adapts one half of King’s massive novel, there’s plenty of room for a sequel. If everything goes right, it’s a no-brainer.

While Muschietti recently signed on to make a live-action version of Robotech, he’s now made it clear that his first priority is the It sequel. And based on some of his comments from our visit to the set last year, he has a good reason to hurry up and make this happen as soon as possible.

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Stephen King's It Featurette

In a little over a week, viewers will get to scare themselves into a frenzy when the eagerly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King‘s classic horror novel It comes to theaters. The movie is on the path to have a big box office debut, and even the clown-only screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse are selling out so fast that they’ve had to add even more of the specialty events to meet demand.

While we wait for It to arrive, some new footage has shown up in a featurette that takes a closer look at The Losers Club, the cyclical reign of terror that comes from Pennywise, and some promising remarks from the master himself, Stephen King. Read More »

Stephen King's It Early Buzz

Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema’s new adaptation of Stephen King’s It won’t hit theaters until September 8th. But in an effort to kick off positive word of mouth, some critics have already seen the film from director Andy Muschietti, and the first reactions have started to hit the web.

There aren’t any full reviews available yet, but the embargo on social media reactions has been lifted, and the early buzz is through the roof. This adaptation captures the spirit of Stephen King’s original book, assembles an incredible group of kids to play the Losers Club, and brings a terrifying new Pennywise to the screen. Check out the first Stephen King’s It early buzz below. Read More »

It box-office

The next Stephen King adaptation is on track to fare a whole lot better at the box-office than The Dark Tower. While the tale of the gunslinger, the man in black, and some kid floundered at the box office, the story of the Losers’ Club trying to survive in Derry, Maine is both a cheaper production and has generated far more advance buzz. A few weeks from its release date, It has a lot going for it, including some great marketing, nostalgia for the 1990 miniseries, and the King name. It’s no wonder the horror movie is expected to make a killing opening weekend.

Below, read more about the It box office tracking.

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Stephen King's It

Audiences heading to see Annabelle: Creation this weekend (which is surprisingly good) will be treated to a sneak peek of the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s It. The preview consists of an entire scene, one of the most iconic moments of the book, and it sets the stage for what promises to be an unsettling adaptation of the classic horror novel.

For those of you who may not be into the scares of The Conjuring universe spin-off prequel (that’s a mouthful), we’ve already seen the scene in question, and provide a reaction to it below. Plus, if you’re looking for a new glimpse at Pennywise the Dancing Clown and the kids known as The Losers Club, you can see two new images from It down there as well. If you come with us, you’ll float too! Read More »

pet sematary

Andy Muschietti is not done with Stephen King. The director of the new version of It, King’s famous creepy clown horror story that was originally adapted as a TV miniseries, has set his sights on resurrecting Pet Sematary.

But Muschietti still has a ways to go before he exhumes the corpse of Pet Sematary. He is still in the midst of his It adaptation, which will take place over two movies. He’s also attached to a big screen adaptation of Robotech. If Pet Sematary is indeed his next project, it will still be several years before you see it crawl out of its grave.

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