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While the rest of the actors set to play the group of preteens terrorized by Pennywise in Andres Muschietti’s forthcoming adaptation of Stephen King's It were announced a couple weeks back, one character was mysteriously absent from the list: Beverly Marsh, the sole female member of the group known as the “Losers’ Club.” Now it’s been revealed via Deadline that newcomer Sophia Lillis has been cast in the role, thereby completing the Losers’ Club roster. Earlier this week it was reported that Nicholas Hamilton would be playing Henry Bowers, the fearsome bully who functions as the novel’s secondary antagonist. You can check out the rest of the cast list here. The first installment of the two-part feature is slated to begin filming this summer. »
- Chris Eggertsen
After languishing in development for many years, New Line Cinema is finally moving forward in the right direction on the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King's It. Bill Skarsgard recently came aboard to portray the iconic clown Pennywise, with Jaeden Lieberher playing the leader of The Losers Club, Bill Denbrough. Today we have word that one of The Losers Club's main enemies has been cast, with Owen Teague (Bloodline) coming aboard to play one of the primary bullies.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Owen Teague has signed on to play Patrick Hocksetter, who is part of a group of bullies who torment The Losers Club. Hocksetter is said to be a psychopath who keeps a refrigerator full of the animals he has killed. None of the other bullies have been cast yet, but that may change soon since this cast is coming together swiftly.
The other members of The Losers Club will be played by Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor, but their specific characters have yet to be identified. The story will be split into two movies, with the first centering on the young kids of The Losers Club as they must face their fears and defeat the evil clown Pennywise. The second movie will feature the same characters reuniting as adults who must put down this creature again, even though none of them remember the first encounter.
Andres Muschietti (Mama) is directing from a script most recently written by Gary Doberman. Andres Muschietti stepped in to replace Cary Fukunaga back in July, after he left the project due to creative differences. We reported last May that the movie will be shot in New York City, but another report from February revealed that the adaptation will be R-rated, with shooting now set to begin in California at some point later this year.
Roy Lee is producing alongside Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin, David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith. It actually marks the second Stephen King adaptation for Owen Teague. The young actor stars in Cell, alongside John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson and Isabelle Fuhrman. He also plays Nolan Rayburn on Netflix's critically-acclaimed series Bloodline, which just debuted its second season on the streaming service last week. »
Earlier this month, it was reported that Bill Skarsgard (Hemlock Grove, Allegiant) was in "final negotiations" for the role of Pennywise in director Andres Muschietti's forthcoming re-adaptation of Stephen King's It. Revealed in that same report were the young actors who had been chosen to play the film's pre-teen "Losers Club," the group that Pennywise (a.k.a. "It") terrorizes from childhood into adulthood. Now, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Owen Teague (Bloodline) has joined the cast as Patrick Hockstetter, a key member of the teenage gang of bullies that torments the Losers' Club during the summer of 1958. Keep checking this page for more casting updates on the film, which is set to begin shooting in July. In the meantime, here's the cast as it stands now: Bill Skarsgard Photo Credit: Netflix Role: Pennywise Credits: Hemlock Grove (Roman Godfrey), The Divergent Series: Allegiant (Matthew) Owen Teague Photo Credit: Netflix »
- Chris Eggertsen
Stephen King published It in 1986. It told the story of a group of kids who are tortured by an ancient evil called It. It steals kids, including the younger brother of one of the Losers Club, leaves them dead and disappears for a generation. The former Losers Club members come together as adults to take It on.
Teague, who plays the son of Ben Mendelsohn on Bloodline at Netflix , will play Patrick Hocksetter, the leader of the group of bullies who torment the kids who are taking on Pennywise the Clown, and who call themselves the Losers Club. Hocketter is a psycho who falls under the sway of the »
The story follows a group of kids called the Losers Club who defeat a creature that has been killing children. Years later, the creature returns, and the former club members, now adults, have to band together again even though they have no memory of the first battle.
Teague will play Patrick Hocksetter, part of a group of bullies who torment the young heroes - a psychopath who keeps a refrigerator full of animals that he's killed. He joins a cast that includes Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor as the Losers Club kids and Bill Skarsgard as demonic clown Pennywise.
- Garth Franklin
Yesterday, we reported that New Line Cinema has been meeting with several actors who have been testing for the iconic role of Pennywise the clown in their remake of Stephen King's It. One of the contenders mentioned was Kirk Acevedo (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), but it wasn't clear if he was a top contender, or how many other actors the studio was meeting with. Now we have word that Bill Skarsgard (Hemlock Grove) is in final negotiations for this coveted role
When the project was moving forward with director Cary Fukunaga at the helm, Will Poulter (The Maze Runner) was attached to play Pennywise. However, The Hollywood Reporter reports that he was forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts, after the search for a new director pushed the movie by a year, making the actor no longer available. The studio was reportedly torn over whether to »
Looks like it's a day for creepy killer clown movies. Earlier today it was revealed that Bill Skarsgard (Hemlock Grove) is in talks to play Pennywise -- who is in this writer's mind, evil incarnate -- in the remake of Stephen King's It. Now we have the first clip of Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts' upcoming horror movie Clown. As in Sundance darling Cop Car, Watts is once again depicting kids in peril. The Eli Roth-produced film looks to have a far different tone, however. Clown was actually Watts' directorial debut, and is now set to get a release from Dimension Films and Anchor Bay Entertainment in select theaters and On Demand on June 17. Take a look at the first clip below. »
- Roth Cornet
The ball is finally rolling down the hill of progress on New Line's adaptation of Stephen King's It. After seemingly being on track for a bit with Cary Fukunaga at the helm and Will Poulter donning the terrifying clown makeup of Pennywise, everything fell apart. Fukunaga left over those damn creative difference and Poulter was then unavailable for New... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
Have you ever seen the casting of a character for a film and been floored at how perfect and surprising it is? Well if you haven't, this new info to come out about finding the main star for the remake of Stephen King's It will be your first experience dabbling with that feeling. It's been reported that Bill Skarsgard (son of actor Stellan Skarsgard and the brother Alexander Skarsgard) will play Pennywise the clown, the monster that chills out in the sewer and lures kids to come talk to him. I mean no disrespect to Skarsgard, but this guy looks like a clown who is secretly a monster. He has such an odd and peculiar look to him, and that's a good thing.
- Nicholas Williams
They all float down here. Bill Skarsgard will play Pennywise the Clown in the new film adaptation of Stephen King's It..
Bill Skarsgard (Hemlock Grove) will take over killer clown duties on the new It movie from Will Poulter (We're The Millers), who departed the project shortly after director Cary Fukunaga. THR reports that Skarsgard is in final negotiations to play the evil entity that terrorizes a group of kids (and later, adults) known as the Losers Club in a small town in Maine.
Skarsgard joins Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor on the horror film. Andy Muschietti, who directed 2013's Mama, will direct. It was previously been adapted as a two-part TV film that starred the wonderfully terrifying Tim Curry as Pennywise, and like that fondly-remembered adaptation, the new version will also be told in two parts. »
Update (6/2/16, 12:13 Pm Pt): Well, that was fast. The Hollywood Reporter is now exclusively reporting that Bill Skarsgard (Hemlock Grove, Allegiant) is in "final negotiations" to play Pennywise. Skarsgard is the 25-year-old son of Stellan and brother of Alexander. The two-part film's cast will also include Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor. Bill Skarsgard in Hemlock Grove Photo Credit: Netflix Original Story: In May of last year, it was reported that British actor Will Poulter (The Maze Runner) was in negotiations to play Pennywise in Cary Fukunaga's two-part adaptation of Stephen King's It, which was previously made into an ABC miniseries starring Tim Curry as the devilish clown. But there have been a number of shakeups since then, most importantly Fukunaga's exit from the project -- a departure that left the door open for Andres Muschietti (Mama) to take the helm. »
- Chris Eggertsen
The new take on Stephen King's It is finally locked down for a September 2017 release...
It's been a project that's gone through a few bumps to get this far, but Warner Bros has now confirmed that we'll finally see the new take on Stephen King's It in cinemas next year.
Andy Muscetti, the director of Mama, is the man now helming the project, although it's unclear whether Will Poulter - who had been cast as Pennywise the Clown - remains involved. When we spoke to him earlier in the year, he did seem to cast doubt on this.
Cary Fukanaga had originally developed the new take on It, and indeed cast Poulter, but he exited the project last year, with creative differences between New Line Cinema and himself cited.
Now, though, Stephen King's It will arrive on September 7th 2017, with production due to start in earnest later this year. »
Warner Bros. beefed up its 2017 release slate today, by issuing dates for three upcoming movies, their big screen adaptation of the hit TV series CHiPs (August 11, 2017), an adaptation of Stephen King's It (September 8, 2017) and an unspecified PG-13 comedy (December 22, 2017). Warner Bros. had already marked August 11, 2017 for an unknown "event film," but today they revealed which title will take that slot. As for the PG-13 comedy, that's anybody's guess at this point.
Deadline reports that CHiPs will go up against Sony Pictures' Emoji on August 11, 2017, but it will also open one week after three highly-anticipated summer movies. 20th Century Fox will be unveiling Alien: Covenant on August 4, 2017, while Universal Pictures will release Pitch Perfect 3 and Open Road Films will debut Blazing Samurai on the same date. As of now, no other movies are slated to hit theaters for the rest of that month, but that will surely change soon.
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Warner Bros. has slated the new adaptation of Stephen King's It for September 8, 2017. The film will be directed by Andres Muschietti (Mama), and rumors have pegged it for a shoot in Toronto this summer. There is no word yet on who will play Pennywise the Clown; Will Poulter (We're the Millers) was previously attached, but his involvement is unclear since original director Cary Fukunaga departed the project last year. Coincidentally, I spoke with Dread Central founder and editor-in-chief Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton about the project earlier this week. You can watch that video above or below. »
- Chris Eggertsen
It was only a matter of time before I welcomed Dread Central founder and editor-in-chief Uncle Creepy (not his Christian name!) to Nightmare Fuel, and this week was the week! For those not in the know, Creepy's real name is Steve Barton, and over the past few years the horror maestro has added "film producer" to his resume with his work on the excellent Nightmare on Elm Street documentary Never Sleep Again and the horror-comedy anthology Zombieworld. (Next up: the monster-movie anthology flick Monsterland, slated to hit VOD and DVD on June 7th.) This week, talk turned to the long-developing, two-part adaptation of Stephen King's It, which is rumored to begin shooting this summer in Toronto with director Andres Muschietti (Mama) at the helm. While Steve and I both agreed that the 1990 TV version left much to be desired, it remains legendary for Tim Curry's terrifying performance as Pennywise the Clown, »
- Chris Eggertsen
It's been awhile since we've received news on the remake/update of Stephen King's It, but if the Master of Horror's tweet from earlier today is any indication, the film is currently ramping up production: The Dark Tower movie is filming; It begins soon. Pretty cool. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 13, 2016 But King's tweet isn't the only piece of the puzzle. Just yesterday, the It remake's Facebook fan page posted an excerpt from a magazine (that with a bit of digging I've pegged as 24 Hours Toronto) that indicates the film will be shooting in the city between July 27 and September 6: Last we heard, Mama director Andres Muschietti had taken the reins from Cary Fukunaga, who departed the project last May over creative differences. There's no word yet on whether Maze Runner star Will Poulter is still on board to play Pennywise the clown, but we'll keep you posted as news develops. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Is it possible to enjoy movies being released as part of the various studio-controlled mega-franchises and still be profoundly concerned about where we are as a film culture right now? If so, I think that's a good description of where I am at the moment. The news broke over the weekend that Venom is back in development at Sony, with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach in charge of this title. That's an important detail. You'll notice that the main Spider-Man film, set to be directed by Jon Watts, is being produced by Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige. You could look at the two teams as the difference between the major and the minor leagues, with Pascal and Feige in the primary spot. They're the ones handling the main part of the franchise. Arad and Tolmach are the b-team, and the films they're in charge of will be smaller scale, lower-budget, »
- Drew McWeeny
Two films based on Stephen King's It are finally heading towards production - and they'll be R-rated too.
It’s been a troubled journey, getting a fresh cinematic take on Stephen King’s It to the big screen. Director Cary Fukunaga had been developing the project for a few years, eventually jumping ship as production neared. There was a reported disagreement between Fukunaga and New Line Cinema as to the direction the project should be heading in. Andy Muschietti is now set to direct.
The plan has been to split It into a pair of movies, and producer Roy Lee – chatting to Collider – has given an update as to the status of the project.
“It will hopefully be shooting later this year. We just got the California tax credit”, he said. “Gary Doberman wrote the most recent draft working with Andy Muscetti, so it’s being envisioned »
"If we ended up in greenscreen with coffee and everybody having a good time, everybody will be happy, but most likely the film would be a piece of shit," was how director Alejandro Inaritu justified his uncompromising approach to making his latest film, The Revenant. And so it was that a top-notch cast of actors, among them Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter, packed off to remote - and sometimes freezing - locations in Canada.
The results are all there on screen: The Revenant is an immediate, immersive and mesmerising movie, telling the true story of expert frontiersman Hugh Glass and his survival against extraordinary odds in 19th century Montana. Will Poulter plays Jim Bridger, a young fur trapper who has a small yet pivotal role in Glass's story, »
19 items from 2016
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