Stephen King's It miniseries, with Tim Curry as the homicidal supernatural clown, Pennywise, was one of the most frightening things I'd seen on TV since the old Salem's Lot series in 1979. (Gimme a break, I'm middle-aged!) The theatrical remake of King's terrifying demonic classic will star Bill Skarsgard as the balloon-toting, sewer-dwelling monster in a fresh version that will intercut between modern times and the 1980s, hoping to recapture that same element of primal fear and entice rabid viewers of Netflix's Stranger Things.
Filming is well underway in Toronto on New LIne's It, and to help drum up enthusiasm and implant nightmarish seedlings in our minds, director Andres Muschietti (Mama) has been sharing some unsettling new images and storyboard art from the production via his Instagram account, revealing some creepy shot breakdowns of a blood-splattered bicycle, ominous street signs and of course the obligatory severed head, all infused with bookish details that should have fans clamoring for more.
Here's the official synopsis:
Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.
Dive in to these teaser images and sketches and tell us if you think this revamped version of It will sink or float come next year.
It invades theaters on Sept. 8, 2017, and also stars Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor.