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Still crippled by that lingering childhood fear of clowns? Well prepared to wet yourselves. Warner Brothers is bringing Stephen King's 'It' to the big screen. The story centers on a group of kids who, even into their adult years, must contend with a shape-shifting monster who appears as a clown called Pennywise and has a penchant for child murder. 'It' was first adapted into a miniseries for ABC starring, among others, John Ritter, Harry Anderson, and Annette O'Toole. WB has decided to revamp the story into two feature films and has just signed Cary Fukunaga ('Jane Eyre') to direct. Fukunaga will also co-write the script with Chase Palmer. No word yet on when production is set to begin.
When I was a kid, I watched a lot of horror movies. Few of them managed to legitimately scare me and, when you're a horror fan of that age, that tends to build an ill-advised bravado in you. Then I watched 'It,' and had to sleep with the lights on for a week. I then made the mistake of reading the book in high school...and had to sleep with the lights on for a month. I really hope that this new cinematic version of the story, or I should say versions, explores some of the dark, twisted territory in the book that network TV would not allow of the 1990 miniseries. I completely understand the choice to split this thing into two movies. Even the miniseries recognized the two massive and distinctive acts of the story; one set when The Losers Club are kids and one taking place in their adulthood. I'm not a huge fan of Fukunaga's 'Jane Eyre,' but I loved 'Sin Nombre' so I have no doubts about his abilities. My big question is who are they going to get to play Pennywise? Tim Curry's portrayal is the stuff of true, lasting nightmares and I can't imagine anyone else in the role.
What do you guys think? Are you excited for another 'It?' Is Fukunaga the right choice to direct? Who should play Pennywise?