The news has already been reported that a remake of Stephen King’s It is set to begin. This was news that I joyfully received as I wasn’t all that impressed with the original 1990 made for television movie starring Jon Boy himself, Richard Thomas. (Yeah, he’s just not a horror movie actor.)
This time around we are promised a movie that will get as R-Rated as it can get. DreadCentral got a message from writer David Kajganich which explains his intent for the novel made movie.
“The remake will be set in the mid-1980s and in the present almost equally — mirroring the twenty-odd-year gap King uses in the book — and with a *great* deal of care and attention paid to the backstories of all the characters. I think the real twist here is that my pitch to WB — which they’ve assured me they’re on board for — is that this will not be PG-13. This will be R. Which means we can really honor the book and engage with the traumas (both the paranormal ones and those they deal with at home and school) that these character endure.”
I’m all for that! I remember reading the book and not being able to sleep through the night for quite awhile. I always felt that the tv movie missed the mark as far as the book was concerned. I’m really hoping that Warner Brothers is on board for this type of film.