New Stephen King “It”-movie in production


Tim Curry as Pennywise from the miniseries It.

So it seems like they’re having another go at making a movie out of Stephen King’s ”It”. My initial response is one of cautious optimism. I love the book. I think it’s one of King’s best. When I first read It at age seventeen it scared the bejesus out of me, in fact, I have never before or after taken such quick bathroom visits as I did during the couple of weeks that I read it.

The mini-series from 1990 was decent, I thought. Tim Curry’s Pennywise was creepier than the 50 Shades of Teletubbies clip somebody linked me the other day. It’s a miracle anyone can make a living as a clown anymore honestly. Between Pennywise and Twisty the Clown I had no trouble sympathizing with Seeley Booth when he shot up the clown truck in Bones.

Twisty the Clown

Twisty the Clown from American Horror Story season four.

As for this new movie, unfortunately Stephen King movies are hit and miss.

Some of the greatest movies made were based on his books, like The Shining, The Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption. Yet some of the others are – sorry Mr. King – less awesome.

A limited series might have been better than a two part movie, considering how much material they have to work with, but assuming they get decent actors I don’t see why the new movie won’t be even better than the mini-series. The problem, as I see it, is the ending. They’d better not leave us with another ginormous spider.