It’s one of Stephen King’s scariest novels, turned into a terrifying (but slightly messy) TV miniseries starring Tim Curry in 1990, and now it’s getting the big screen remake treatment. The remake of It (or Stephen King’s It) has been a troubled production, with stars and directors dropping out—so unsurprisingly, fans are a bit nervous about how this new version will work out.
But now the King of horror has spoken: it’s not awful (or at least, that’s what we’re reading into his message). Posting on Instagram, It producer Seth Grahame-Smith has passed on a message from King.
“Steve asked me to pass along that he saw a screening of It today and wanted to let everybody know that they should stop worrying about it as the producers have done a wonderful job with the production,” Grahame-Smith wrote.
King rarely minces his words when he doesn’t like something—his unhappiness with Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is well documented—so this does seem like a positive endorsement. On the other hand—Stephen King doesn’t like The Shining! What the hell does he know?!
Kidding, kidding, not kidding.
Sin Nombre and True Detective S1 director Cary Fukunaga was originally on board to direct a two-part version of the project, which would separate the young ‘losers club’ when they first encounter Pennywise the clown, from their grown-up selves returning to Maine years later when the shape-shifting monster turns up again.
Will Poulter was originally signed up to star, but after problems and delays both star and director left the project.
Later, Mama director Andrés Muschietti came on board, turning it into a single feature with Bill Skarsgård signing on to play the demon clown.
The source material is sprawling, Tim Curry’s performance is iconic, the ending is kind of silly… So, yes, we were a bit worried. But now we’re just holding out until we can see it for ourselves.
It opens in cinemas on September 8.