Writer says new movie of Stephen King's It will be R-rated

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Dave Kajganich, the writer of the upcoming theatrical remake of Stephen King's It, told Dread Central that the movie will likely be R-rated.

"The remake will be set in the mid-1980s and in the present almost equally—mirroring the 20-odd-year gap King uses in the book—and with a *great* deal of care and attention paid to the backstories of all the characters," Kajganich told the site. "I think the real twist here is that my pitch to [Warner Brothers]—which they've assured me they're on board for—is that this will not be PG-13. This will be R. Which means we can really honor the book and engage with the traumas (both the paranormal ones and those they deal with at home and school) that these characters endure."