It’s happening. No pun intended.
Warner Bros have announced the release date for their upcoming Stephen King adaptation, It. Being developed by the company’s New Line branch (remember when they were an independent studio?), the movie is set for release on 18 September 2017.
For the uninitiated, the story follows a group of outcast kids who call themselves The Losers Club as they track down the titular monster that has been preying on the children of their small Maine town (hey, it’s Stephen King! Were you expecting Arizona?). Appearing in the guise of Pennywise the Dancing Clown, scion of a thousand phobic nightmares, It is a Lovecraftian-esque extradimensional monster that survives on other people’s fear. Although the Losers think they managed to kill It, thirty-odd years later children start disappearing again…
Despite Warners coming up with a release date, when last we looked director Cary Fukunaga had bailed on the project along with potential Pennywise Will Poulter. Honestly, why does this need to be made? The only decent Stephen King miniseries ever made was based on this book, and had Tim Curry playing Pennywise. He won’t be doing it this time around, and nothing is improved by an absence of Tim Curry.
It is slated for release on 18 September 2017.