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It producer compares movie to Stranger Things & Stand By Me

08.12.2016

Talk about a production nightmare. After the remake of IT seemed dead and buried after the version with director Cary Fukunaga and Will Poulter fell through, the film is now back in full swing with MAMA director  Andrés (Andy) Muschietti attached, and HEMLOCK GROVE actor Bill Skarsgard taking on the red nose. Now, it seems, we have peace.

If the fact the movie is in production-mode still doesn’t give you full confidence, maybe the words from the film’s producer Dan Lin will give you a bit of calm. Lin spoke with Collider about the new movie, comparing it to the hit Netflix show, STRANGER THINGS, which itself is a homage to classic 80s movies:

I think a great analogy is actually Stranger Things, and we’re seeing it on Netflix right now. It’s very much an homage to ’80s movies, whether it’s classic Stephen King or even Spielberg . Think about Stand by Me as far as the bonding amongst the kids. But there is a really scary element in Pennywise.”
Each kid, like a Goonies or Stand By Me, has a very specific personality and they’re forming the loser’s club obviously. And now finally the evil force is coming into our movie. We’ve spent a few months getting the kids to bond and now they’re going to fight this evil, scary clown.

As for Pennywise, Skarsgard seems to be a natural playing the demented clown that will be haunting these kids:

His build is really interesting. He’s really tall and lanky, and feels a little clown like in his movement. When he came in — we had a lot of different actors read, and when he came in he had a different spin on the character that got us really excited. You’ve had Heath Ledger doing almost a clown joker, you’ve seen obviously Tim Curry as a clown. We wanted someone who created a Pennywise character that would stand on its own and Bill came in and created this character that frankly freaked us out.

I’m just glad this movie is actually going with an actual end date in sight, and we don’t have to worry of it's going to be cancelled in the next 24 hours. This news that the movie will have a lot of classic 80s-movie inspirations is just the icing on the cake. Given the sad state of many remakes in general, I won’t be 100 percent sold on this film until I see some footage. However, simply because this news is something positive about this movie for a change, my spirits are a little lifted. That, and the fact this image of Pennywise does give me nightmares, which means it's perfect.

IT is set to haunt your dreams on September 8, 2017.

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Source: Collider

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3:36PM on 08/12/2016
I have mixed feelings on the timeline change. On the one hand, if done right the 80's nostalgic feel will be effective. But the book is set it a time when things were supposed to be safe. Parents let their seven year olds play in the rain on a late Sunday night because their was no fear of them being abducted. I can't see a kid in the 80's/90's naming their bike Silver after The Lone Ranger's horse. these are just a few examples of some of the liberties they are going to be taking with this
I have mixed feelings on the timeline change. On the one hand, if done right the 80's nostalgic feel will be effective. But the book is set it a time when things were supposed to be safe. Parents let their seven year olds play in the rain on a late Sunday night because their was no fear of them being abducted. I can't see a kid in the 80's/90's naming their bike Silver after The Lone Ranger's horse. these are just a few examples of some of the liberties they are going to be taking with this story. I guess we'll just wait and see.
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11:18AM on 08/12/2016
Now I feel Stranger Things is a new benchmark when it comes to TV series. Let's hope the new IT will be as good as it sounds.
Now I feel Stranger Things is a new benchmark when it comes to TV series. Let's hope the new IT will be as good as it sounds.
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10:17AM on 08/12/2016
This is a movie that should be made. The original TV series got it half right but then dropped the ball big time. But I can't help feel a little burnt losing a great filmmaker like Futunaga. I don't want this film to be yet another 80s nostalgic piece of fanfare (when will this fad end already?). I wanted a movie that felt as raw and original as the book did. Futunaga would have delivered that no doubt.
This is a movie that should be made. The original TV series got it half right but then dropped the ball big time. But I can't help feel a little burnt losing a great filmmaker like Futunaga. I don't want this film to be yet another 80s nostalgic piece of fanfare (when will this fad end already?). I wanted a movie that felt as raw and original as the book did. Futunaga would have delivered that no doubt.
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10:03AM on 08/12/2016
Based on his work on True Detective, I think he would have absolutely nailed the tone, and the rainy/overcast coastal Maine scenery.
Based on his work on True Detective, I think he would have absolutely nailed the tone, and the rainy/overcast coastal Maine scenery.
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9:52AM on 08/12/2016

Not looking forward to this.

For some reason I can't let go of what Carey Fukanaga could have done with this material. His style of shootings, the settings, the scenery, the backdrops, he would have been SO PERFECT FOR THIS. I could be wrong, but it just seems to me that he was gonna do something really different and exciting. Now I feel that the studio is meddling in this one too much and their gonna come at it from purely a business perspective rather then an artistic one. And Andres Muschietti's "mama" was pretty
For some reason I can't let go of what Carey Fukanaga could have done with this material. His style of shootings, the settings, the scenery, the backdrops, he would have been SO PERFECT FOR THIS. I could be wrong, but it just seems to me that he was gonna do something really different and exciting. Now I feel that the studio is meddling in this one too much and their gonna come at it from purely a business perspective rather then an artistic one. And Andres Muschietti's "mama" was pretty god awful, I am just not looking forward to this one anymore.
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