This Friday the Losers club will return on the big screen to battle fear itself in the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s IT. Here’s the Top 12 things you need to know before buying your tickets.
1.IT (2017) is not a remake
Many Stephen King fans remember the 1990’s IT Mini-series fondly, however this adaptation was made for the big screen and will be a lot more graphic than television can handle.
2.Stephen King was not consulted
Like many of his adaptations, Stephen King was not contacted by the directors of the film. Despite this, King said that he enjoyed the film more than he thought he would. King’s son, Joe King also stated that he thought the film was one of the “scariest films of all time.
3.The film is set in the 1980’s
The majority of the novel’s childhood scenes were set in the 1950’s, but this adaptation will be set in the time of 8-bit video games and perms. Buddy Holly and Jerry Lewis have been replaced by New Kids on the Block all so the next film, set in the adult year’s of the Loser’s club, could be set in present day.
4. Derry history plays a major role
Unlike the mini-series which vaguely referenced the history of the fictional town in which it’s set in, IT (2017) does not hold back on describing Derry’s bloody past, so much that history comes to life. This movie will have you looking at Easter egg hunts in a whole new light.
5. The film borrows heavily from the book…
King fans will notice many subtle nods to aspects from the novel such as Patrick Hockstetter, Eddie Cochran, the Black Spot, Witcham street, the Neibolt house, a certain statue of an american hero and more.
6.The movie changes many aspects too
You won’t see any of the Loser’s playing around in this movie. Much of the novel has the Losers spending time on architecture projects and pretend games, but in this version, the Losers immediately get down to business and go body hunting. The movie also omits scenes included in the novel and the miniseries, giving the movie a quicker pace.
One of the most iconic scenes in IT is the meeting between Pennywise and Bill’s brother Georgie. Much of IT’s storyline is driven by Bill Denborough relentlessly trying to avenge the death of his brother. Fans of the miniseries will recall the scene where little Georgie reaches into a sewer drain to retrieve a paper boat and is subsequently killed by the clown. In this movie Georgie’s body goes missing, leaving Bill in more serious denial over his loss.
When the first trailer for the IT movie was released, fans had one big question on their minds, where the hell is Bill’s stutter? In the novel, Bill Denborough’s most defining characteristic is his infamous stutter made worse by the death of Georgie. According to director Andy Muschietti, Bill’s stutter was left out of the trailers so that audiences who were not familiar with IT, would not be confused by his dialogue, however, the movie does leave this aspect in tact.
9.IT has other forms than a clown
While Pennywise the Dancing clown is one of ITs most common (and terrifying forms), one of the bigger aspects of the monster is its ability to change shape into anything a child fears, this occurs in the film as well. Notable forms include a leper and a creepy flute player from all your nightmares about music class.
10.The Losers are friends in real life
In recent interviews with the children of IT, actors Finn Wolfhard (Richie Tozier) and Jaeden Lieberher (Bill Denborough) both said that the cast got along well and that this helped them all to be more connected with their characters. Wolfhard is no “stranger” to working with a group of children on a project set in the 1980’s, but the other actors also managed to use their friendship to shape their on-screen dynamic as well.
11.IT will be getting a sequel
With over 1000 pages in length, IT tells the story from the perspectives of the Losers as kids and adults, switching back and forth between timelines. Muschietti stated that the film would be getting a sequel so that the Adult storyline would be shown. The next film will also go more in depth into Derry’s history.
Wait, what does a turtle have anything to do with IT? In the novel, it is discovered that the universe the Losers live in was created by a giant space turtle (yes, you read the correctly.) The evil entity of IT is also an extraterrestrial being as well, and is both threatened and sustained by the Turtle. The Turtle is significant to all Stephen King works because it plays the “God” role and links other books ,such as the Dark Tower Series, Under the Dome and The Stand, together.
In the novel, Bill Denborough meets the Turtle and discovers IT’s weakness, however the film’s usage of the Turtle is a lot more subtle. The Turtle is merely alluded to through appearances of turtle and space imagery (think of it as a hidden Mickey.) All this is done to set up the events of the sequel when the Losers will battle IT as adults.
IT (2017) premieres in US theaters today (09/07/17.) Buy your tickets now if you are brave enough, see it alone if you are braver.