The Duffer Brothers, the duo behind Netflix’s 1980s nostalgia sensation “Stranger Things,” have revealed in interviews recently that they tried to convince New Line to let them do the film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “It” a few years back. They didn’t get it and now Andres Muschietti is the one helming the film which is currently in the midst of production.
In an amusing twist though, the film’s producer Dan Lin has given a new interview with Collider and has made a comparison to “Stranger Things” in terms of the film trying to homage classic Stephen King of the 1980s:
“I think a great analogy is actually Stranger Things, and we’re seeing it on Netflix right now. It’s very much an homage to ’80s movies, whether it’s classic Stephen King or even Spielberg. Think about Stand by Me as far as the bonding amongst the kids. But there is a really scary element in Pennywise.”
Talking about where filming is now, Lin says they’ve mostly shot the kid scenes so far with the young ensemble having bonded over a few months. Now Bill Skarsgard has arrived as Pennywise and Lin revealed their aims for this evil clown:
“His build is really interesting. He’s really tall and lanky, and feels a little clown like in his movement. When he came in – we had a lot of different actors read, and when he came in he had a different spin on the character that got us really excited. You’ve had Heath Ledger doing almost a clown joker, you’ve seen obviously Tim Curry as a clown. We wanted someone who created a Pennywise character that would stand on its own and Bill came in and created this character that frankly freaked us out.”
Finn Wolfhard, the lead of “Stranger Things,” also stars in “It” alongside Jaeden Lieberher, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff,Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor. The film is targeting a September 8th 2017 release.