– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s been a long time coming, but after years of development, and months of teasing from the production, we now have our first official teaser trailer for the hotly-anticipated film, IT, from the mind of author Stephen King.

The anticipation for this flick has been very real, and in true fanboy form, many have been unconvinced that this film could be tackled. Lucky for us, the approach they’re taking is a smart one. Rather than try to fit the 1,000-plus page tome into a single movie, they’re splitting it in half, with this first film following the Losers Club as kids, and the second one following them as adults.

So in the trailer above, we finally get to see the realization of decades of promise. The kids seem pretty great in their respective roles (for as brief a time as we see them), but most importantly, the tone is on point. It’s dark and scary, but without being exploitative. In this teaser, they managed to capture the essence of Pennywise the clown, with almost no actual footage of Pennywise the clown. The terror laid in the suspense, and it didn’t even resort to cheap jump scares. The horror of this film is in Pennywise himself, and the dark blanket he lays over the town of Derry. This teaser trailer captures that all too well, and we can only hope it carries over into the finished product.

The official synopsis for Stephen King’s IT is below:

When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries. 

IT stars Bill SkarsgÃ¥rd (Allegiant, TV’s Hemlock Grove) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip), Sophia Lillis (37), Finn Wolfhard (TV’s Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming Cops and Robbers), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween) and Nicholas Hamilton (Captain Fantastic).

Muschietti is directing IT from a screenplay adapted by Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman. Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg and Barbara Muschietti are producing, with Marty P. Ewing, Doug Davison and Jon Silk serving as executive producers.

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

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SOURCES: Warner Bros Pictures

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.