Andy Muschietti’s It feels like it’s running a well-deserved victory lap right now and the film has only been out for a week. But it’s already a bonafide smash hit, crushing box office records and the film, which is unquestionably a horror movie, provides a whole new generation with a different incarnation of Pennywise to fear. And now there’s good news for those of you who loved this movie as much as we did: an It director’s cut is on the way with 15 minutes of extra footage. Read about which restored scenes will be included, and also find out why Muschietti axed the idea to have horror film icon Freddy Krueger pop up in a cameo.
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(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)
In this edition, John Carpenter has directed a new music video for a track off the director and composer’s new album Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998. Plus, a new episode of Futurama debuted this week, though not in the form you’d think. And The Late Late Show with James Corden had some fun with Stephen King’s It. Read More »
Even though the It sequel still hasn’t been given the official greenlight, Andy Muschietti‘s adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel absolutely crushed the box office during its opening weekend, so it’s only a matter of time until the studio stakes out some ground on the calendar for It: Chapter Two. A writer is already working on the screenplay for the sequel, and now we have some details about a significant change the follow-up will make to one of the members of the Losers’ Club, the group of kids who serve as the protagonists in the first film and will reunite as adults in the second.
The version of Mike Hanlon we’ll see in It: Chapter Two will be very different from the one we just met in this new film, and he’ll even be considerably altered from the character that appeared in King’s original novel.
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Update: The early estimates were incorrect. It did not make $117.2 million in its opening weekend. It made $123.1 million.
The hype and box office predictions for the new adaptation of Stephen King‘s beloved horror novel It were high well before the movie hit theaters, and the sneak preview screening numbers indicated that It was going to have a huge weekend. Now the numbers are rolling in, and It has exceeded even the highest expectations that anyone had for the movie.
Not only does It have an impressive 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is a solid score for a horror movie, but the movie is on track to land the largest opening weekend at the box office for any horror movie. Not only that, but it’s the largest three-day opening weekend for an R-rated movie, the third largest box office opening of the year, the biggest opening for any September release, and the largest opening weekend for New Line Cinema. All that from the highest number of screens for an R-rated movie.
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Warner Bros. and New Line weren’t clowning around with It. Andy Muschietti’s movie adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel has already broken box office records, making $13.5 million in Thursday night screenings alone. That’s the biggest advance night opening for any R-rated movie, the biggest opening gross for any King adaptation, the biggest preview gross for any outright horror movie, and the best preview gross for any September movie.
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Today, the new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel It arrives in theaters. The box office numbers are supposed to be through the roof this weekend, with some estimates going as high as $75 million. But Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema don’t want to count their chickens before they’re hatched, so they’ve released one last featurette to coincide with the release of the movie today to really get us invested in The Losers’ Club and the horror they endure in Stephen King’s gruesome tale.
Watch Stephen King’s It featurette, but beware that is shows a large amount of new footage. Read More »
Warner Bros. and New Line know they have a hit on their hands with It, Andy Muschietti‘s terrific adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel. Splitting the dense book into two films – one that follows “The Losers’ Club” protagonists as children, and one that catches up with them as adults nearly thirty years later – was a bold move that required a lot of confidence that the first movie would be good enough to justify the sequel. But now that we’re on the cusp of the first film’s release and that’s earned solid reviews, a sequel seems inevitable.
While It: Chapter 2 hasn’t officially been given the green light by the studio just yet, we’re confident it’s only a matter of time because they’ve already hired It co-writer Gary Dauberman to begin writing the sequel.
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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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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.
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It’s not a good time for a professional clown. With the brief scare of the creepy clown sightings all over America last year and the upcoming big screen take on the novel/miniseries that arguably started it all, kids likely won’t be lining up at the circus anytime soon. And it’s bad for business.
The World Clown Association — which is a real thing that exists — is blaming Stephen King’s It for hurting clown business. Although they’re probably not that far off.
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