– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Looks like this year’s foray into the dark, creepy backwater town of Derry is going to be a fittingly terrifying one. Fans of the Stephen King novel It have been waiting for a faithful adaptation of the novel to hit. Sure we had the TV movie from back in the ‘80s, but given it was made for a wider audience, there was no way it could have been made as faithfully as it needed to be. Today, such a market exists for this adaptation that has never existed before. Between the franchises on the big screen and the long form serialized TV shows, an audience’s affinity for these longer, character-based stories is at an all-time high.

The time to remakeStephen King’s It is perfect. And it seems like the filmmakers and studio have the right idea as well. Rather than try to fit the story into one long movie, they’ve opted to split the film into two parts — with the first part following our leads as kids, and the second following them into adulthood. The first part is coming out this year, and the second part begins filming this month (at least, if a recent report is to be believed). 

But will the film be any good? Admittedly, the director Andrés Muschietti (Mama) is a great talent to have behind the helm, but the source material is so unwieldy that it’s difficult to imagine it going super smoothly. Well, if the word of Stephen King is any consolation, we won’t have much to worry about.

Seth Grahame-Smith, one of the producers on the film, recently took to Instagram to pass on King’s words of praise that he had been messaged. In it, he said:

“Steve asked me to pass along that he saw a screening of IT today and wanted to let everybody know that they should stop worrying as the producers have done a wonderful job with the production.”

Admittedly, the circumstances behind the message seem a bit weird. Who was it that messaged Grahame-Smith? Given that the post came from the producer himself, it would seem a bit strange if it weren’t a trustworthy source. Either that, or he’s being opaquely ironic. We’d like to think the former.

What do you think? Does this make you any more excited to see It? Let us know in the comments down below!

It hits theaters on September 8, 2017.

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SOURCE: Seth Grahame-Smith (via Instagram)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.