This is how Stephen King feels about the new Pennywise adaptation

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This is how Stephen King feels about the new Pennywise adaptation

I think that they're so different, you could be a fan of both performances I hope. "Also, we get a hint of what his Achilles" heel is.

Meanwhile the director of the new film, Andres Muschietti, has said Bill terrified the kids on set, explaining: "Bill is like, seven-foot high, and I can't describe how scary he looks in person". That was my life... "There are some good scares, to be sure, but when the movie shifts tones, it does so definitively". Admittedly, some of the members shine more than others, but that's never so damning that it derails them as a cohesive unit.

He comes back when they are adults and if the first film is successful, they plan to turn the second half of the story into another film. So yes, there was pressure.

Were you anxious about living up to Curry's iconic performance? I remember that in '90.

'See, Georgie, one advantage of setting our film in the 1980s and not the 1950s like in the novel is that I can make you this cool waterproof boat that makes you getting dragged to your doom by an evil demon clown so much more... believable'. It scared the hell out of me. But what a lot of people are probably wondering right about now is what does Curry think about this new take on Pennywise? So how do you do that? And now you can add It - director Andy Muschietti's (Mama) take on King's 1,100-page 1986 doorstop of a book - to that list. There's also a subtle undertone of decay in the town of Derry itself; as in the book, its residents are desperate to avoid the truth about the reign of terror in the town rather than root out its source. "That was the motivation throughout the entire six-plus year process".

The actor who plays Pennywise, Bill Skarsgard ("Atomic Blonde"), is slightly obscured by his virtual costume of special effects, including off-center eyes and a jaw full of lamprey teeth. As King puts it in the novel, "adults are the real monsters", and Muschietti has plenty of ground left to cover when we see what kinds of adults these characters become. Of course the number one thing for us is that we want to be well received.

Apart from his physical characteristics, Skarsgård focused on creating Pennywise's distinctive voice and maniacal laugh. So while the movie isn't necessarily buoyant, as assembled, it floats just fine.

The first time I met the kids was at a table read. But we wanted to bring the intensity that the ABC mini-series couldn't, just by virtue of it being on TV. The movie looks like an early Amblin production, courtesy of DP Chung-Hoon Chung, while the sound design consistently entertains - refusing to be drawn into the cliche of quiet-quiet-bang scares.

"We'll tell you when we know".

'I don't know about you guys, but I'm ever so thankful they decided not to adapt our scenes from the book TOO faithfully'. Obviously, all of the filmmakers are chomping at the bit to get started, and we have a very exciting shape, and [co-writer] Gary [Dauberman]'s working away. "I used my own tools and did what I could do to make it original and make it my own".

With the release of the movie just under a week away, Muschietti has already been discussing the new movie's sequel, which now has the working title IT: Chapter Two.

It, the highly anticipated silver-screen remake of Stephen King's truly terrifying story, doesn't hit cinemas until September 7, but we're already soaking up details about the horror film's sequel.

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