The upcoming live-action adaptation of Stephen King's It has been generating buzz for months, thanks to a variety of different trailers, clips, and photos. One of the more mysterious components of the film, of which fans are most curious about, is Bill Skarsgard's performance as the villainous Pennywise, the clown responsible for a series of child disappearances in the community. A new Spanish TV spot for the film gives us the most Pennywise we've seen, which can be viewed above.
King's massive novel was adapted into a two-part mini-series in 1990, with Tim Curry's performance as Pennywise
“I worked really hard to create my own interpretation of the Stephen King character,” Skarsgard explained. “Tim Curry’s performance is understandably iconic, still, but the whole [mini-series], to me, at least, felt like something that might be worth a remake of, or rather, a re-adaptation, is kind of how I want to see the film. It’s not a remake of the TV show or the original mini-series, but it’s a re-adaptation of Stephen King’s book.”
Earlier this year, the film's director, Andy Muschetti, explained to Variety what it was about Skarsgard that compelled him to hire the actor.
“I wanted to stay true to the essence of the character,” the director pointed out. “I knew that I didn’t want to go the road of Tim Curry. Bill Skarsgard caught my attention. The character has a childish and sweet demeanor, but there’s something very off about him. Bill has that balance in him. He can be sweet and cute, but he can be pretty disturbing.”
The storyline revolves around a group of young kids in Derry, Maine who come face-to-face with their worst fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
The cast of IT
The adapted screenplay was penned by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary Dauberman. The producers on the film include Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg and Barbara Muschietti, with Marty P. Ewing, Doug Davison and Jon Silk serving as executive producers.
Be sure to check out IT when the movie hits theaters on September 8, 2017.
Photo Credit: New Line Cinema