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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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When Cary Fukunaga departed from the adaptation of Stephen King‘s It due to creative differences, Mama co-writer and director Andrés Muschietti stepped in. With Muschietti behind the camera, New Line’s R-rated project has finally started production.

To celebrate day one of principal photography, the director shared some behind-the-scenes images. One of the pictures is a sketch of Pennywise, but, despite some speculation, it’s nothing more than a sketch. Check it out below.

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Warner Bros has been trying to remake Stephen King‘s It for over seven years now. Last year, Mama director Andrés Muschietti replaced Cary Fukunaga, who had left over creative differences with the studio. And now it seems like the adaptation/remake is actually happening as casting is being locked down as we speak. Find out who will play Pennywise the Clown and more, after the jump.

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The past year has been a roller coaster of emotions for Stephen King fans. The oft-promised adaptation of The Dark Tower series has finally found momentum under director Nikolaj Arcel after years spend crawling around the development wasteland. The long-gestating adaptation of The Stand revved and stalled and revved before stalling once again — leading director Josh Boone to jump over to a film version of Revival, a completely separate King novel. And in the most heartbreaking turn of all, True Detective season one director Cary Joji Fukunaga dropped out of the upcoming film version of It, a project that fit his sensibilities like a glove.

But It is still in the works and the film will shoot later this year with Mama director Andrés Muschietti at the helm. At the very least, producer Roy Lee (who also provided updates on The Stand yesterday) is now promising that the film will have an R-rating.

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Cary Fukunaga IT

Cary Fukunaga was going to direct a two-film adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel It, and that was exciting. But, as often happens, there were differences of opinion between Fukunaga and the execs at New Line, and the parties went their separate ways. The It project is still probably going to be made, just with new scripts and new director Andy Muschietti.

Now Fukunaga has opened up about how he wrote the two halves of It to be an “unconventional horror movie,” and the new things he brought to the story in order to give his version its own life. Read More »

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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I’m always fascinated with the stories of movies that never were (like Darren Aronofsky’s vision of Batman). So much work in Hollywood never makes it to the big screen. From pitches to development, to years of scripts, casting, and even screen tests, films have a long road before cameras begin to roll. And we only occasionally see remnants of these unmade productions.

Most common are abandoned scripts which have leaked online over the years (like Frank Darabont‘s draft of Indiana Jones 4). Sometimes we get costume tests and concept art, like has happened with Tim Burton‘s Superman Lives. But other times we get a glimpse into the pitching process, be it a video like Kevin Tancharoen’s ‘The Hunger Games’ Pitch Trailer or concept art for an idea that never made it into development. And sometimes a filmmaker posts abandoned concept art and it sparks the fire and a movie is reborn (as is with Neill Blomkamp’s Alien film).

Splice/Cube/Hannibal director Vincenzo Natali has been posting some of the early concept art and pitch work that was created for some of his unmade movies, including Neuromancer, Stephen King’s It, Swamp Thing and Predator. Take a look at the Vincenzo Natali Neuromancer It and Predator concept artwork after the jump.

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Cary Fukunaga‘s adaptation of Stephen King‘s It seemed to be making some real progress, what with Will Poulter entering talks earlier this month to play Pennywise. But now it may be deader than one of the killer clown’s victims. Fukunaga has dropped out as director, after clashing with the studio. Read up on the Cary Fukunaga It exit after the jump.  Read More »

Will Poulter Pennywise

The enduring image from the television adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel It has been Tim Curry as Pennywise the clown. For all the failures of that mini-series, Curry’s Pennywise remains bizarre and frightening. He’s perhaps even more unsettling in still images than in motion, thanks in part to his Buster Poindexter-like approach to the character.

Now, the new version of It, a two-film affair to be directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Beasts of No Nation) will feature a very different vision of Pennywise. This time the clown will be played by Will Poulter, of The Maze Runner, We’re the Millers, and Son of Rambow. And evidently it was the Will Poulter Pennywise audition that swayed the director away from much older actors. Read More »