Audiences received a horrifying treat this week at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The latest trailer for director Andres Muschietti’s new adaptation of author Stephen King’s infamous fright novel, It premiered at the ceremony. Taking place in the small town of Derry, Maine, It begins when several local children begin disappearing, leaving only gruesome evidence behind. As the townspeople continue to be terrorized by the strange occurrences, a group of local kids decide to join forces after realizing the culprit of the events is a demonic, evil clown called Pennywise. Fearing for their lives (and those of the entire town), they vow to hunt down and kill the nameless demon.
It is based on Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel of the same name, which is told via alternating narratives set roughly 30 years apart. In the beginning, the children of Derry are terrorized by It in the quaint 1950s town. As the story continues, the second narrative catches up with the same characters in the mid-1980s, when the strange disappearances begin to happen again. Although It primarily takes the form of a deranged circus clown in order to lure children to the sewers, the demon may take the form of whatever phobias its prey fears most.
The novel was originally adapted into a 2-part mini-series in 1990 by writer/director Tommy Lee Wallace. It earned two Primetime Emmy nominations, and won one for the category of Outstanding Musical Score. Since then, however, the film has been mostly forgotten among successful Stephen King adaptations like The Shining, Pet Cemetery, The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, and The Green Mile. Muschietti’s new adaptation is expected to be split into two feature length installations, each focusing on the separate perspectives though which the story is told. The first film is scheduled to open in theaters this September. Check back with MADE for upcoming details!