– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Stephen King fans have been waiting for a great adaptation of IT for some time now. Sure, the 1990s miniseries starring Tim Curry as the terrifying Pennywise the Clown was serviceable for the time, but given that we live in an amazing time for novel film adaptations, we were quite overdue for a new one. Not only will the film have updated visual effects (a given), but now that it’s set to hit theaters with an R rating, we know they’ll be able to go all out with all the blood, violence, and sex as needed (though I’m sure I’m not alone in hoping that a certain awkward scene near the tail end doesn’t make it to the silver screen).

After some false starts, we are now all too close to witnessing part one of the IT remake, which will feature our lead characters as children. The second part currently has no release date, but last week, we reported on a rumor that it may be starting filming as soon as this week. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, it’s probably worth it to talk a bit about the first film.

Like a lot of people, we were wondering when the first teaser for this bad boy would hit. While we don’t know the answer to that just yet, a teaser did premiere at this year’s SXSW, and the folks over at Bloody Disgusting were kind enough to share a rundown of what they saw.

“The trailer opens with footage of Bill Denbrough making a paper boat for his little brother Georgie. We then move outside, where Georgie is chasing his boat in a rainstorm as it floats next to the curb. Suddenly, Georgie runs right into a street barrier, which knocks him down on the ground. He then watches as his boat sails into a gutter. Heruns to the gutter and tries to see if he can see his boat. As he looks deep into the sewers, Pennywise abruptly appears before the screen cuts to black.”

Those who’ve read the book will recognize this as the iconic scene where one of our leads first becomes familiar with the monster that will later be known as Pennywise. The scene was also utilized in the 1990s series, but we think given director Andy Muschietti’s experience with horror, that it’ll feel a lot closer in tone to that of the book.

The description continued:

“Then we are shown the members of the Loser’s Club meeting each other and realizing that they’ve all been seeing the same entity, before one of them finally says ‘The Clown.’ Once that happens, the teaser then moves into its centerpiece, which shows the members of the Loser’s Club looking at pictures on a carousel slide projector that suddenly acquires a life of its own and begins moving through the slides at an increasingly alarming speed. The pictures are of Georgie and his parents, and each slide zooms in on Georgie’s face before cutting to his mother, whose hair is covering her face. As the projector moves from slide to slide, the hair moves out of his mother’s face, and her face is revealed to be that of Pennywise himself.”

This is another scene that’s similar to one from the book — though if I recall, they were looking through an album in the novel. It’ll be interesting to see how they’re able to convey certain things to the audience. For instance, Pennywise’s ability to get people to do things that are stupid. On screen, it may come across more as pure dumb curiosity, rather than the characters being mesmerized.

“The trailer then blows through a flurry of shots, as most trailers are wont to do. The most striking image from this succession of shots is the unforgettable moment when blood flows out of Beverly’s sink, only in Muschietti’s film it spews out like a geyser and blasts her in the face. There is also a sublime image of Pennywise approaching two of the children (he has them cornered against a wall), but the shot is framed in a way so that only his long, bony fingers fill the screen. The children are in the background, out of focus but clearly terrified. 

“The teaser ends with Bill walking down into his flooded basement, where Georgie’s ghost taunts him by repeatedly screaming ‘We all float down here!’ before Pennywise rises from the water and rushes at him, in a moment that had the entire audience screaming. It is at this moment that the screen cuts to black and the word ‘IT’ appears on screen.”

We have to say, regardless of any skepticism we may had in the past, this all sounds very promising. It sounds close to the spirit of the book, and we can’t wait for a chance to see it oursevles.

What did you think of this trailer description? Are you looking forward to seeing IT? Let us know in the comments down below!

Part one of Stephen King’s IT hits theaters on September 8, 2017.

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SOURCE: Bloody Disgusting

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.