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Horror movies have proved to be some of the biggest hits so far in 2017, but the biggest one of all is likely on the way. It is finally going to adapt Stephen King's novel for the big screen and by the looks of things, it is going to absolutely crush it at the box office. Director Andres Muschietti looks to have truly captured what fans love about the novel, but Stephen King wasn't actually involved. Now the director has explained why that is the case.
Andres Muschietti recently spoke with Collider in honor of It, which is set to arrive in theaters on September 8. During the course of the conversation, Muschietti was asked about the decision to not have Stephen King involved and his reasoning is, well, reasonable. Here's what he had to say about it.
"I'm very happy making an adaptation, my interpretation of the story, and I »
Though Pennywise’s look and design were heavily inspired by 1990s clowns for Tommy Lee Wallace and Tim Curry’s two-part miniseries all those years ago, director Andy Muschietti traveled back further still, all the way back to the 1800s, to mine inspiration for his own interpretation of Stephen King’s horror classic, It.
Per Collider, Muschietti stressed the importance of conveying Pennywise as an ancient being – hence the decision to dress Bill Skarsgård’s demon in 18th century attire. It is an “ancestral clown,” as producer Barbara Muschietti told the outlet. Imbued with supernatural power and the ability to shapeshift at a moment’s notice, Pennywise the Dancing Clown is also a force to be reckoned with, which leaves our Losers Club in a very precarious position as they set off to confront a monster as old as time.
That’s a horrific legacy that Andy Muschietti originally planned to showcase in It, »
- Michael Briers
Tim Curry's look from the original It miniseries is a tough act to follow, but when the reboot debuted their design for Pennywise it was a change in direction, something Andy Muschietti recently explained. »
- Michael Kennedy
Stephen King’s It is arguably one of his most iconic books, largely due to its villain Pennywise. Pennywise himself is a shapeshifter who takes on the look of his victims’ biggest fears, but he’s best known for his default look of a clown, as portrayed by Tim Curry in the 1990s miniseries.
This particular look for the character has since gone on to be just as iconic as the book itself, despite the large number of people who have not seen the series itself. It’s risen above being just a show and into the pop culture zeitgeist. With something like that, it’s always hard to make changes, as audiences generally always go in with their own preconceived notions on what a character should be. Such is the case with It’s Pennywise the clown.
Some months ago, the look of Pennywise in the upcoming adaptation was revealed, »
- Joseph Medina
Bill Skarsgard's Pennywise looks a lot different from Tim Curry's version, and It director Andres Muschietti gave a good reason for why the horrific entity's appearance was changed so drastically. »
Spare a thought for the folks of Derry, Maine.
Not unlike the quaint town of Hawkins (see: Stranger Things), or any other location that has been terrorized by a demented killer – both human and otherwise – Derry’s population lives in a constant state of fear that spans generations, and it can all be traced back to Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
If you’re at all familiar with Stephen King’s source material, you’ll know that being to be a powerful, otherworldly force that stalks young children from the shadows. Able to manifest itself in a variety of different forms, It is a force to be reckoned with, and its reign of terror spurs The Losers Club into action as they set about breaking the Derry curse once and for all. All of this and more is teased up above, where you’ll find the latest promo for New Line »
- Michael Briers
Andrés Muschietti is just weeks away from releasing his big screen adaptation of Stephen King's iconic novel It and he just admitted that he is "not a fan" of the original 1990 miniseries. Fans have been left terrified from the book and the 1990 miniseries for decades with the latter holding up remarkably well for a show that came out in 1990, but Muschietti doesn't think so. The news comes at a time when it has been predicted that It is on track to break September box office records with a $50 million dollar opening.
For many adults of a specific age, Tim Curry's Pennywise was a childhood introduction into true fear. Everybody seemed to know somebody that had the It miniseries on a VHS tape that had the name scrawled on a title sticker that had been placed over the previous title sticker. It served as a nightmare inducing introduction »
Two brand new photos from the It reboot have floated up online. As part of Entertainment Weekly's massive fall movie preview, the publication has revealed two images from the highly-anticipated Stephen King Adaptation, one of which gives us a new look at Bill Skarsgard's Pennywise and another that gives us a brand new look at The Loser's Club. In addition, director Andres Muschietti has revealed some new details on the movie.
In speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Andres Muschietti spoke a little bit about how Pennywise is going to be portrayed in this version of It. As he tells it, this is not the kind of movie that will hide the monster. Pennywise will be right out front and the monster we are going to see is going to be weird yet disturbing. Here's what he had to say about it.
"He is present. It's not like one of those movies »
We’ll all float this Halloween. After Andy Muschietti’s It surely dominates the box office next month, we expect that Pennywise will be one of the most popular Halloween costumes this year. There are already a handful of different masks and costumes based on the Tim Curry iteration of the killer clown – including a brand […] »
- John Squires
Pennywise the Dancing Clown (Aka The Eater of Worlds) is not your typical movie monster.
Unlike, say, Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger, Stephen King’s shapeshifting abomination is able to manifest itself in a variety of different forms based on its target of choice. With an insatiable appetite for children (frightened flesh tastes better, apparently), Pennywise often masquerades as a wisecracking circus clown to lure in his prey, while King’s demon also has an unnatural ability to morph into a person’s greatest fears and nightmares, which only has us all the more intrigued for New Line and Andy Muschietti’s imminent adaptation.
We are, at the time of writing, exactly one month out from heralding the release of It, and following up on this morning’s Empire reveal – wherein Bill Skarsgård voiced his desire to scare a “whole generation” with his “animalistic and instinctive” Pennywise – New Line has »
- Michael Briers
Thor: Ragnarok may have been elected as the headline star of Empire’s latest issue, but there’s much more material lurking beneath those vibrant covers – or monochromatic cover, if you happen to be a subscriber.
Case in point: Andy Muschietti and New Line’s upcoming It reboot, which is exactly one month out from its long-awaited debut. Dubbed to be a “no-holds-barred” adaptation of Stephen King’s nightmarish tome, after Tommy Lee Wallace’s miniseries, Muschietti’s horror flick will herald Pennywise’s first ever appearance on the big screen. And whereas Tim Curry famously brought King’s transdimensional demon to life, terrorizing TV viewers in the process, Muschietti and New Line have placed Bill Skarsgård (Hemlock Grove) in the oversized clown shoes of Pennywise.
Skarsgård has set the bar high, too, after the actor revealed to Empire that he hopes to scare a “whole generation” with his “animalistic and instinctive” Pennywise. »
- Michael Briers
Appearing on an episode of Talkin’ Toons with Rob Paulsen, legendary Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy has offered his spin on the Caped Crusader’s classic speech from the ending of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, as he tells Commissioner Gordon that he’ll take the rap for Harvey Dent’s crimes in order to preserve the White Knight’s reputation with the people of Gotham. Check it out here…
- Gary Collinson
“You’ll float too,” warns the tagline on the teaser poster for “It,” the first in a planned two-part adaptation of the iconic Stephen King horror tome.
After years of development, a memorable 1990 miniseries that starred Tim Curry, and an acrimonious change-up in director from “True Detective” and “Beasts of No Nation” helmer Cary Fukunaga to “Mama”director Andy Muschietti, “It” is finally coming to the big screen with “Hemlock Grove” star Bill Skarsgård strapping on the ruff and orange wig of every horror fan’s favourite personification of evil, Pennywise the clown.
Continue reading Intense New Footage From ‘It’ Featured In TV Spot at The Playlist. »
- Alex MacKay
John Saavedra Aug 1, 2017
Pennywise the Clown is about to return to the big screen, thanks to the first part of a two-part remake of Stephen King's It. The monstrous clown was first portrayed by the inimitable Tim Curry, who has been the face of the world's fear of clowns for quite some time. The task of following up his iconic take on the monster will now fall to Bill Skarsgård (Hemlock Grove), who took over the role after Will Poulter (The Revenant) dropped out. Judging from what we've seen from the first few trailers, Skarsgård may very well do the infamous clown justice on the big screen.
Mark Hamill will forever be known as Luke Skywalker; there is no changing that fact. However, for comic fans, he is also known as the best actor to ever portray The Joker.
While Heath Ledger portrayed The Joker in The Dark Knight to chilling success, Mark Hamill has been lending his voice to “Mr. J” for years, starting with the incredible Batman: The Animated Series. If you have played a recent Batman video game, or have seen an animated Batman movie in the past 20 years, there is an extremely good chance you have heard his iconic vocal performance.
Shockingly, it wasn’t always going to be this way. Before Mark Hamill swooped in and gave the Joker a lasting voice, a different actor was set to voice him in Batman: The Animated Series: veteran actor Tim Curry. As initially reported by Comicbook.com, during a 20 year anniversary for Batman: Mask of the Phantasm »
- Jordan Jones
(Aotn) If you thought the teaser trailer for the upcoming Warner Bros/New Line Cinema film “It”, based up on the book by master of terror author Stephen King, was scary then just wait till you get a look at the film’s first official full length trailer. It is seriously the stuff nightmares are made of!
Actor Bill Skarsgard’s Pennywise is just as terrifying as we imagined and many eagle-eyed fans were able to catch a glimpse of a homage paid to actor Tim Curry, who played the evil clown Pennywise in the 1990’s miniseries.
Looking closely near the end of the trailer we see Richie Tozier (“Stranger Things” Finn Wolfhard) entering a room filled with creepy-looking dolls. Just as he is about to be attacked by the Skarsgard Pennywise, if you look quickly to the left you can catch sight of a doll crafted to look like »
- Kristyn Clarke
Outside of playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, The Joker is perhaps the character that Mark Hamill is best known for. After voicing the villain to much critical acclaim in Batman: The Animated Series, he’s reprised the role on almost countless occasions, including in the popular Arkham video games and many, many animated efforts from DC.
In fact, some even consider his version of the Clown Prince of Crime to be the definitive one, and while we still think Heath Ledger holds that title, we fully admit that Hamill’s portrayal of the iconic character is downright fantastic and it’s always a treat to hear him bring Mr. J to life. Though it’s difficult to imagine anyone else doing the voice of the Joker now, the actor wasn’t actually the first choice for the role.
As ComicBook.com notes, it was Tim Curry who »
- Matt Joseph
- Tom Chapman
Actor Bill Skarsgard wants to make very clear that the upcoming It movie, based upon the wildly popular Stephen King novel, is not a remake of the ’90s TV miniseries. Speaking to Bloody-Disgusting, the Pennywise actor stresses the differences between the film, and his interpretation of Pennywise the Clown.
“I worked really hard to create my own interpretation of the Stephen King character,” Skarsgard said. “Tim Curry’s performance is understandably iconic, still, but the whole [miniseries], to me, at least, felt like something that might be worth a remake of, or rather, a re-adaptation, is kind of how I want to see the film. It’s not a remake of the TV show or the original miniseries, but it’s a re-adaptation of Stephen King’s book.”
For inspiration and clues, as well as to distance himself from Tim Curry’s iconic performance, Skarsgard explains how he went directly to »
- Jordan Jones
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