With filming just underway, we may have gotten a sneak peek at It's most famous and horrific character.
Yes, that's right: Cameras are rolling at last on a new version of King's 1,000-plus-page doorstop, with Andy Muschetti (Mama) directing and the story being divided into two films: The first movie will focus on the novel's seven central characters as children, while the second will rejoin them as adults. In both cases they'll head into the sewers below the small Maine town of Derry to face the ancient evil known as It that's personified by a nightmarish clown called Pennywise.
With production underway, Muschetti -- who replaced Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) in the director's chair after a long and troubled development process -- has decided to start teasing fans with a few photos posted to his Instagram account. First, a shot of his director's chair with the movie's title treatment on it:
Next, here are some balloons floating in an office. Red balloons. The kind offered to innocent little children by a certain malevolent clown:
And finally, this ink sketch on the cover of a notebook:
Is that Muschetti's concept of how Pennywise will look? It bears some relationship to the way the monster looked in the 1990 TV movie (as played unforgettably by Tim Curry) but also seems somehow more demonic, bloody and frightening. Muschetti seems to want to whet our appetites for the big-screen version of Pennywise, as played by Bill Skarsgard, and he's certainly got my attention with his little drawing.
Part one of It arrives in theaters on Sept. 8, 2017. What do you think of Muschetti's hand-drawn Pennywise preview?