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King's It returns

03.12.2009

Eerily prescient JoBlo staffer Jim Law just recently asked for a new feature filmed based on Stephen King's creepy clown story IT. And as if by some dark magic or soul-selling, Warner Bros. has conveniently obliged. Talk about service!

The studio is bringing the infamous childhood terror tale to life, with writer Dave Kajganich already at work on the script. The dual time-period story involves a group of kids (who call themselves "the Losers Club") haunted by their greatest fears come real, and the ultimate personification of evil, Pennywise the clown. The gang reunites years later to deal with It once and for all.

The novel was already loosely adapted into a two-part 1990 TV movie, mostly notable for Tim Curry's truly chilling performance as the monstrous clown.

Extra Tidbit: Kajganich is apparently also working on (relatively needless) remakes of both PET SEMETARY and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK.
Source: THR

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6:05AM on 03/15/2009
I as well have a strong loathing for 99% of remakes, but the original was made for television. Not that this lessens its awesomeness, but it could use a little work. Sadly, the best part of the original, the aforementioned Tim Curry, can never be duplicated or exceeded. What other uber-creepy actors could fill such large (Pun Intended) shoes?
I as well have a strong loathing for 99% of remakes, but the original was made for television. Not that this lessens its awesomeness, but it could use a little work. Sadly, the best part of the original, the aforementioned Tim Curry, can never be duplicated or exceeded. What other uber-creepy actors could fill such large (Pun Intended) shoes?
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4:18PM on 03/14/2009
Can't wait to "Float down" there again!
Can't wait to "Float down" there again!
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5:58AM on 03/14/2009

Bring Darabont on board!

Let him write the script and direct, put the sex back in this theatrical adaptation, do it a 150 minutes movie (put a 3 hours director's cut for the DVD), and let Tom Noonan be the clown!
Let him write the script and direct, put the sex back in this theatrical adaptation, do it a 150 minutes movie (put a 3 hours director's cut for the DVD), and let Tom Noonan be the clown!
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2:22PM on 03/13/2009

Yes, Yes, and Yes!

If "It" is done correctly, I'll be first in line at the theater . . . and, while I don't think this will happen, bring back Tim Curry and recast everyone else!
If "It" is done correctly, I'll be first in line at the theater . . . and, while I don't think this will happen, bring back Tim Curry and recast everyone else!
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2:16PM on 03/13/2009

Holy crap

An accurate adaptation of this novel would be creepy as fuck. Not to say Curry didnt do well as Pennywise, but this could easily be very frightening with modern film being as ballsy as it is. Give it to Del Toro, he'd know how to direct this. Honestly though, Gunslinger is waaay higher on my priority list as far as King goes.
An accurate adaptation of this novel would be creepy as fuck. Not to say Curry didnt do well as Pennywise, but this could easily be very frightening with modern film being as ballsy as it is. Give it to Del Toro, he'd know how to direct this. Honestly though, Gunslinger is waaay higher on my priority list as far as King goes.
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11:01AM on 03/13/2009

shouldn't they work on new, not old

WHAT THE SHIT HAPPENED TO CELL??
and speaking of which, what happened to the Gunslinger
WHAT THE SHIT HAPPENED TO CELL??
and speaking of which, what happened to the Gunslinger
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9:17AM on 03/13/2009

NOOOOOO!

One movie they do not need to 'remake' is ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. That's a classic, and could not be made any better. How could you top Kurt Russel and Lee Van Cleef? Let alone Borgnine, Harry Dean Stanton, John Carpenter......
One movie they do not need to 'remake' is ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. That's a classic, and could not be made any better. How could you top Kurt Russel and Lee Van Cleef? Let alone Borgnine, Harry Dean Stanton, John Carpenter......
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8:45AM on 03/13/2009

NICE!!

Please, let this get made, and please let it be done right. The fact that Warner Bros. is handling it is reassuring, but it's easy material to mess up. I can't imagine doing this story justice in one film, but I can definitely imagine an enjoyable filmgoing experience resulting from this project. I can still dig the first film, even if it does not touch the greatness of the book. Crossing my fingers for someone with real talent like Darabont to get involved, although I doubt he'll be
Please, let this get made, and please let it be done right. The fact that Warner Bros. is handling it is reassuring, but it's easy material to mess up. I can't imagine doing this story justice in one film, but I can definitely imagine an enjoyable filmgoing experience resulting from this project. I can still dig the first film, even if it does not touch the greatness of the book. Crossing my fingers for someone with real talent like Darabont to get involved, although I doubt he'll be available.
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6:04AM on 03/13/2009
Oh, and if they remake PET SEMATARY, I'm not sure I'd want to see it - simply because the book scared the sh*t out of me and a newer, better-made movie might be too much.
Oh, and if they remake PET SEMATARY, I'm not sure I'd want to see it - simply because the book scared the sh*t out of me and a newer, better-made movie might be too much.
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6:03AM on 03/13/2009
I'm not even going to scroll further down, because I KNOW there will be TONS of people bashing the piss out of this proposition. Me, however? While I think the original, made-for-TV film was pretty decent (it captured the MOOD, more than anything else, of the novel - which is often more important than matching the plot), a bigger, bigger-budgeted, and far scarier cinematic take would be ideal for something of IT's magnitude. Me? I'll keep an eye on this one.
I'm not even going to scroll further down, because I KNOW there will be TONS of people bashing the piss out of this proposition. Me, however? While I think the original, made-for-TV film was pretty decent (it captured the MOOD, more than anything else, of the novel - which is often more important than matching the plot), a bigger, bigger-budgeted, and far scarier cinematic take would be ideal for something of IT's magnitude. Me? I'll keep an eye on this one.
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5:54AM on 03/13/2009
It seems like Hollywood is quick to make/remake anything tied to The Dark Tower series... which could go either way. As for remaking IT... I remember loving the miniseries when I saw it, then years later actually read the novel, and it's hands down my favorite King story as it literally is EVERY horror story in one and realized that the miniseries was crap (aside from TCs portrayal of Pennywise)... but as Murray said, I can't imagine they can fit the entirety of it into 2-3 hours. But then, I
It seems like Hollywood is quick to make/remake anything tied to The Dark Tower series... which could go either way. As for remaking IT... I remember loving the miniseries when I saw it, then years later actually read the novel, and it's hands down my favorite King story as it literally is EVERY horror story in one and realized that the miniseries was crap (aside from TCs portrayal of Pennywise)... but as Murray said, I can't imagine they can fit the entirety of it into 2-3 hours. But then, I didn't think they could do Watchmen in less than 12 either. And, as most on here are wondering, I can't help but think about how they'd handle the pre-teen gangbang from the novel as it's kind of a crucial part thematically to the children's survival after their first battle with Pennywise (God, it just feels dirty writing that even...)
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2:24AM on 03/13/2009
"i specifically remember a scene where the guys all take turns having sex with the girl."

I was going to make a comment about this scene, but i'm to late :(
"i specifically remember a scene where the guys all take turns having sex with the girl."

I was going to make a comment about this scene, but i'm to late :(
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1:52AM on 03/13/2009

damnit

this movie scared the shit out of me when i was a kid, remaking it would take that away i think, and remaking pet semetary, please no. that scene with the sister... yeah fuck that. scary skinny bitch.
this movie scared the shit out of me when i was a kid, remaking it would take that away i think, and remaking pet semetary, please no. that scene with the sister... yeah fuck that. scary skinny bitch.
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12:47AM on 03/13/2009

awesome

an update should make it less chees. especially the end with the giant spider. Which i'd like for them to just leave out altogether
an update should make it less chees. especially the end with the giant spider. Which i'd like for them to just leave out altogether
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12:40AM on 03/13/2009
I don't mind a remake of this, but I just thought Tim Curry did a phenomenal job in the original version so I wish there was a way they could get him to play Pennywise again.
I don't mind a remake of this, but I just thought Tim Curry did a phenomenal job in the original version so I wish there was a way they could get him to play Pennywise again.
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12:16AM on 03/13/2009
Well, I guess I can stop working on my ten part miniseries treatment of IT. Dammit.

This is good news, though. The book is one of King's best. But I'm worried about fitting this epic, dense story into only two hours.
Well, I guess I can stop working on my ten part miniseries treatment of IT. Dammit.

This is good news, though. The book is one of King's best. But I'm worried about fitting this epic, dense story into only two hours.
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11:37PM on 03/12/2009
Thank god.

There is few other movies more gay 90's than It. If any other movie needed some re-justice.
Thank god.

There is few other movies more gay 90's than It. If any other movie needed some re-justice.
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11:21PM on 03/12/2009
i'm a huge fan of the book and a sorta fan of the movie. a LOT was lost in the transition, but that's because IT was a (IIRC) pretty damn big book. i specifically remember a scene where the guys all take turns having sex with the girl. this was when they were kids. i was going to say i want to see that scene in the new movie but then i realized i'd be going to prison
i'm a huge fan of the book and a sorta fan of the movie. a LOT was lost in the transition, but that's because IT was a (IIRC) pretty damn big book. i specifically remember a scene where the guys all take turns having sex with the girl. this was when they were kids. i was going to say i want to see that scene in the new movie but then i realized i'd be going to prison
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11:21PM on 03/12/2009

WE ALL FLOAT DOWN HERE!

Cool news, I'd love to see a darker film version with bits from the novel that didn't appear in the 1990 film. Btw I wish Tim Curry would reappear as Pennywise.
Cool news, I'd love to see a darker film version with bits from the novel that didn't appear in the 1990 film. Btw I wish Tim Curry would reappear as Pennywise.
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11:18PM on 03/12/2009

Hmm

I was forced by an awful baby sitter to watch IT when I was 6 Years old. It scared me so bad, and looking back on it, I enjoyed it, but I hear it's bad compared to the Novel. So, this could go either way: A real person writes and directs or it turns into a lame Teenage suck fest
I was forced by an awful baby sitter to watch IT when I was 6 Years old. It scared me so bad, and looking back on it, I enjoyed it, but I hear it's bad compared to the Novel. So, this could go either way: A real person writes and directs or it turns into a lame Teenage suck fest
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