I just got an interesting bit of news! Stephen King’s IT is going to be made into two movies.
Cary Fakunaga is going to direct the epic tale of the ancient creature who terrorizes children in the small down of Derry, Maine by manifesting as the thing they fear the most (mainly appearing as the devilish clown, Pennywise).
I’ve been hearing about the IT remake for some time, since Warner Bros picked up the rights to it in 2009. Originally they were going to adapt it into a single movie, but it would appear they’re now planning on doing two. Makes sense, I suppose; how would one even go about trying to jam an 1,100-page tome into a 2.5 hour movie? We’re assuming here that the first movie would revolve around the characters as children and the second would be the adults.
I don’t know how I feel about this… On one hand, I’ve been wanting them to remake IT ever since I stopped having nightmares about the miniseries (age: 6) and decided it was kind of crap. I know we get inundated with remakes in the world of horror cinema, but the miniseries had such unrealized potential that I figured, now with the great visual technology we’ve got, they could really make it a terrifying experience the second time around. Maybe they could even get beyond the simple clown/spider thing and show us a bit of the true Lovecraftian horror that shines in the book yet is completely ignored in the 1990 version.
On the other hand, part of the brilliance of IT is the narrative structure that intertwines the parallel stories of the childhood Loser Club and their amnesiatic adult counterparts, the storylines complementing each other beautifully to the double-climax ending. If you split them apart… it just feels wrong. You can’t unravel the strands of DNA; it’s unnatural. So, too, is unraveling the twined narrative threads of IT, which are so dependent on one another and which, without the other, would feel incomplete.
And while they could certainly make the updated version visually polished, scarier, and a little less silly (really, the entire Chinese food scene is hilarious), I’m not convinced that anyone could ever top Tim Curry’s performance as the infamous Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
I’m sure we’ve still got quite a few more years until the movie(s) appear on our screens, but, as IT is my all-time favorite King book, I can’t help salivating over these morsels of news. What do you think, fellow King fans? Could it work?