it movie

UPDATED: Stephen King has shared his thoughts on the movie on Twitter. You can find that below.

There’s a chance that Stephen King‘s It may be the finest horror novel ever written, the work of a legitimate genius spending 1,000-plus pages working through the kind of stuff we don’t like to talk about. Few tales of terror are this long and complex and maddening. Even fewer find a permanent home at the bottom of your psyche and linger there. To finish It is to grant this particular story real estate in your mind for as long as you live.

So, when it comes to the director Andrés Muschietti‘s film adaptation due out on September 8, 2017: no pressure, everyone. At the very least, we now know that King himself has a seen a cut of the movie and he has apparently given it his stamp of approval.

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Stephen King Castle Rock Series

After plowing through several of his novels and short story collections, all Stephen King readers eventually come to a realization: all of his stories take place in the same universe. Well, more specifically, a multiverse. Some stories take place in the same town, while others take place in alternate dimensions. Characters from disparate stories cross paths. People with the same names appear in different places and die different deaths, suggesting alternate realities and timelines. All of this chaos orbits the Dark Tower series of novels, which tie King’s massive bibliography together in one intentionally untidy package. You can read the King oeuvre for the genre chills or you can read it to find those secret and not-so-secret connections.

And considering everyone’s obsession with “shared universes” these days, Hulu’s upcoming Castle Rock series was inevitable. We’ve already seen a trailer, but thanks to a new press release, we now know more about what this show will offer. Specifically, it will be the first onscreen Stephen King project to acknowledge that all these stories take place in the same realm.

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Stephen King Castle Rock Series

The Constant Readers of the works of Stephen King (yes, there’s a proper name for his most loyal fans) will recognize the name Castle Rock for being the fictional town of Maine where many of the author’s stories have been set. Stories like Cujo, The Dead Zone and The Body are set in that location while works like It, Dreamcatcher, Pete Sematary, Sleepwalkers, The Shawshank Redemption and Under the Dome make reference to the town. Now it appears a new show from J.J. Abrams will take us back to this fictional locale and all the terror and mystery that comes with it.

Castle Rock is a new Hulu series from Stephen King and executive producer J.J. Abrams, who all previously teamed for the time travel series 11.22.63, and a new teaser drops the names of plenty of famous characters and locations from the world of Stephen King’s most famous stories. You’ll see what I mean when you watch the Stephen King Castle Rock series teaser after the jump. Read More »

hearts in atlantis

Just when you thought they were done announcing new adaptations of Stephen King stories, a few more drop out of the sky. Earlier today, we learned that The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass would be adapted as a television companion to the first The Dark Tower movie arriving next year. And now, King’s Hearts in Atlantis is coming to the big screen. Again. Sort of. In terms of titles, this is going to be one of the trickier King adaptions to explain.

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pennywise

Director Andy Muschiettii is currently deep into filming his adaptation of Stephen King‘s It and he’s been sharing unofficial glimpses of the set (and a few key locations) over on his Instagram page. Today’s new look at the film is anything but unofficial. We saw our first look at Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, the chief face of the film’s shapeshifting villain, a few weeks ago. But that deliberately cropped close-up has nothing on this new image, which reveals this fear-eating, kid-killing, monstrosity in all of his creepy glory.

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it set pictures

The long-gestating film adaption of Stephen King‘s It has been quietly filming for several weeks now under the direction of Mama‘s Andy Muschietti. While our only official look at the film has been the first image of Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Dancing Clown (the default form of the evil “it” of the title), Muschietti has been quietly sharing images from the set on his Instagram page, teasing details that should send a chill right up the spine of any seasoned horror fan.

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stranger things stephen king's it

If Stranger Things reminds you of Stephen King‘s It, it’s certainly no coincidence. And it’s not just because the Netflix television series is inspired by (and an homage to) It and the author’s other ’70s and ’80s movie adaptations. You might be surprised to learn the show itself is a result of the upcoming It movie. The Duffer Brothers created Stranger Things because Warner Bros. wouldn’t let them adapt the book themselves.

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Video: Stranger Things Film References Side By Side Comparison

Yes, Stranger Things is very much an homage to the movies of the 1970s and 1980s, but I think it’s a bit too simplistic to say it’s just an Amblin homage. It’s not just another Super 8, and it’s more than repackaged nostalgia. I’m only a handful of episodes into the first season, and it seems that the series is more of a tribute to the cinematic adaptations of Stephen King and the era horror films than Steven Spielberg. Regardless of the inspirations, Stranger Things is must-see television. There aren’t many movies this summer that are more worth your time than this Netflix original series.

Ulysses Thevenon has put together a fantastic four-and-a-half-minute video showing side-by-side comparisons of some of the films that the Duffer Brothers pay homage to in this television show. Hit the jump to watch the Stranger Things Film References Side By Side Comparison video.

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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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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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