WATCH: It director Andy Muschietti on creating a new Pennywise and adapting Stephen King

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Sep 6, 2017, 5:11 PM EDT (Updated)

Boy howdy, where do you even begin to direct an adaptation of Stephen King's It? The damn book is, like, six thousand pages long, and it's already been made into a halfway-decent TV mini-series starring Tim Curry, Harry from Night Court and Jack from Three's Company.

Andy Muschietti wasn't fazed, though. He knew he could handle creeping dread and slow-burn terror, as he exhibited with his exquisite (and severely underrated) 2013 chiller Mama. So all he had to do after cutting the book in half was find the perfect Pennywise the Dancing Clown, the perfect kid actor ensemble and the perfect balancing act when it comes to rallying King's trademark shifts in tone and multi-layered narrative.

Okay, it was a challenge. But this guy makes it look easy. Watch below.

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