Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s IT was one of 2017’s most successful movies. Garnering critical acclaim and grossing nearly $330 million dollars in the US alone, IT is the definition of a hit movie. However, King attributes at least some of the movie’s success to the nostalgia of seeing Pennywise on-screen again for the first time in 27 years. The original adaptation of IT from 1990 was a TV miniseries that starred Tim Curry as Pennywise and covered both halves of King’s novel.
According to a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly:
“I think one of the things that really happened was that 1990 miniseries. A whole generation of kids between the ages of 8 and 14 were scared shitless by Tim Curry and when the new one came out it was a chance to revisit that particular experience in their childhood. Then there was this weird viral bulge in stories about creepy clowns. That was in the press all over the place. So it was a number of different things. It was the right movie at the right time.”
It’s true that, even in 2017, a movie like IT was able to surprise audiences, offering them something they hadn’t seen in a long time. It helps that this new adaptation was released 27 years after the original – the same amount of time allotted between Pennywise’s appearances – but Muschietti’s IT was made by someone who clearly loves and appreciates the source material. Add that to, like King mentioned, the creepy clown stuff that was popping up in the news at the time, and you’ve got yourself a perfect storm for IT to come in and make a killing.
The sequel is already on the way, with production set to begin in the Spring of 2018, and eyes on a September 6th, 2019 release. Muschietti is returning to direct the sequel with Gary Dauberman signed on to write the film.
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