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Shaun Barry
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The return of Stephen King's IT, this time as a 2017 film version:


Big fan of the original novel, moderate fan of the 1990 TV mini-series... wasn't sure what to expect, but if this teaser is any indication, I'll be there opening weekend.

For the most part, good, creepy stuff.





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Looks like it's going to just be the kids side of the story. Not their grown up versions.
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Doug, I'm not clear if it's being filmed concurrently, but I believe there are plans to release the second part at a later date (IT, BOOK II, perhaps?).



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That makes sense, Shaun.
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Seems like a rip-off of Stranger Things




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The trailer freaked my wife the hell out, so it's a
success on that score at least! I'll probably actually
catch this one in the theatre.
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I wasn't interested in seeing this before seeing the trailer. I'm a little interested now. 

There's no replacing Tim Curry. But I'm interested in seeing the kid's story.
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Looks good. Tim Curry was great in the TV movie but the rest of that version was dreadful. I'm fine with a new take on everything.
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Can't stop watching the trailer, must have seen it at least 20 times since yesterday... very effective, and for me, one of the best horror trailers to come down the pike since THE BABADOOK.



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I've never seen the TV/Tim Curry version. Never had any interest in it. 

But this trailer guarantees my ass is in a seat, for sure. Looks great.


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I thought the casting in the TV version was fairly good. I liked Annette O'Toole as Beverly and thought John Boy Walton was decent enough as Bill. Richie was always going to be the hardest to pull off because not many can do that kind of funny -- and I thought that part was one of the weaker links in the cast, both as kids and as adults.

Tim Curry was, of course, pretty memorable.
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I remember when the advertising came out for the tv version. The idea of a horror movie cast of half actors known mostly for comedy seemed an interesting decision and piqued my interest: Ritter (Three's Company), Reid (WKRP), Anderson (Night Court) and I remembered Masur from One Day at a Time though he had proven himself to be a pretty solid character actor by this point. Due to my work schedule it was a year before I was able to see the second part. A pal taped it, but on Beta!

I enjoyed the tv mini quite a bit. I liked how they handled the flashbacks and transitions that allowed you to easily connect each kid actor with his adult counterpart. I thought it did a good job of building dread and tension. Curry excelled as Pennywise and all the actors did well with their parts.

If not for the fact that various subplots and scenes had to be culled from the thick book so there's the opportunity to cover aspects of the story that didn't get included the first time, I am not sure why you'd want to remake it. You're not going to get a stronger cast and I'm not sure there's much room for improvement. The climactic scenes are the weakest part and my impression is that's partly a carryover of being King's weakest area in writing. I look at the previews and it brings back the tv version to my mind. I don't see anything that excites me as being a new and different adaptation, it's own thing. At the moment, I am more interested in seeing it as a comparison piece and will wait for both versions to hit the library.
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I wonder how much, if any, of the Dark Tower mythos they're going to leave in?  It's certainly not necessary for the story to work, and you could just change It to a generic Lovecraftian monster, but one of the cool things as a long-time King fan was watching the threads tie together in real time.  Would be neat if the DT movie and It have little ties to each other.
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Ed, a mini-series for television, with a limited budget and early-'90s standards & practices in place, was never going to do the novel proper justice.  One could argue it should have been a proper film (or films) in the first place.

I think an R-rated, more expansive film treatment of IT has been overdue for a while now.  I welcome it!



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As a longtime King fan, I hate the way he has tried to tie so much into the Dark Tower. I liked the way certain things have occurred more than once in his books over the years -- such as Castle Rock -- but I feel the attempts to tie things into the Dark Tower feel more forced than organic.
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The first adaptation did what they could with what I thought was a story that starts off strong and then meanders into a weak finish and an undeserved win. King had a LOT of trouble with the endings of his shelf-buster books from the '80s and IT was no exception.

I doubt there will be much Dark Tower stuff in it. Why would there be? I don't even remember what in the book ended up tied to the overall DT mythos.

Not sure if I'll watch this new adaptation. If it hews to the same story--and why wouldn't it?--then the flaws are baked in and even a good bit of film making won't fix that.
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Latest trailer, with a little over a month to go before the 9/8 release:



Starting to look a little more generic, but still very effective, for any Stephen King/horror buffs.  I'll be there... hoping the soundtrack is a keeper, as well.



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I'm listening to the It audio book. It is riveting. Steven Webber reads the book and he is phenomenal, probably his best performance in anything! His Pennywise is completely horrifying and the best version of the character to me. Far surpasses Tim Curry.
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I've enjoyed the trailers so far - here's to hoping!

(I read the book in high school and loved it. I read it again a couple years back and it faded a little bit, but there's still a lot to like.)

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Peter Martin: As a longtime King fan, I hate the way he
has tried to tie so much into the Dark Tower. I liked the
way certain things have occurred more than once in his
books over the years -- such as Castle Rock -- but I feel
the attempts to tie things into the Dark Tower feel more
forced than organic.

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Peter, there is a new tv show, in development, called
CASTLE ROCK. In it, they will tie a lot of the Stephen
King books together in one world. I don't know how
tightly it will be interwoven, but it's coming.
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I loved the book but IT has what I would refer to as an unfilmable ending.
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Hopefully they'll find some middle ground, Shane, between the unfilmable aspects of the novel, and the hokey mediocrity of the TV mini-series finale.



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Early critical word is out, sounds like it could be an instant horror classic:



(Also editing thread title for clarity.)





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I had to isolate myself from further information after the first couple trailers, I just don't agree with the marketing plan of revealing more and more of the movie before it opens. I didn't go see the latest 'Annabelle' movie because they promised to show the first Pennywise scene before the movie.  I want to see it IN THE MOVIE!


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