Stephen King is one of the most prolific and versatile writers of all time, having written 54 works of fiction, 6 works of non-fiction and nearly 200 short stories. A large number of his works has been adapted for the screen in the form of movies and television series, but also comic books. Therefore, when you hear that a film has been deemed “one of the best Stephen King adaptations,” bearing in mind that it is competing against the likes of The Shawshank Redemption and The Shining, it sounds like a work worth seeing. That work is the new supernatural horror film It, based on the 1986 eponymous novel, and here are 12 things you need to know about it.
1. There is significance in the year of release
In the original novel by Stephen King, It awakens every 27 years. In 1990, there was a television series remake of the book, and it is now returning to the silver screen, in 2017.
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2. Bill Skarsgård didn’t use special effects for his eerie eye trick
Director Andrés Muschietti planned on using special effects to make Pennywise’s eyes go in two different directions, but Bill Skarsgård said that he didn’t need them.
“I have a bit of a lazy eye on my left side, so if I relax the muscle in the eye, my left eye goes out and I become completely wall-eyed. We thought that would be cool to use in the character, so throughout the film his eyes are pointing in two different directions,” the Swedish actor said.
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3. Will Poulter was considered for the role of Pennywise
Will Poulter was cast as Pennywise, but the role had to be recast due to scheduling conflicts and the departure of original director Cary Fukunaga from the project.
4. Stephen King has approved of and even praised the film
Stephen King was given a private screening six months before the film debuted in theaters. He said that the film, “exceeded his expectations” and told producers they did, “a wonderful job.”
5. The character It has given some of the cast nightmares
Bill Skarsgård said he has gotten into the role of Pennywise so much, he has actually had nightmares about the film.
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6. Bill spent about half of the filming preparing for his role
In the It television series, Pennywise was played by Tim Curry. Director Andy Muschietti and Bill spent a lot of time perfecting the clown’s mannerisms and overall performance to ensure that they lived up to fans’ expectations so that Skarsgård didn’t actually start filming until halfway through production.
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7. Canadian actor Finn Wolfhard who played Mike Wheeler in Stranger Things is part of the cast…
…and he is hilarious!
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8. Bill didn’t meet the child actors on set until he was in full costume and makeup
Muschietty wanted Skarsgård to first meet the teenagers during the filming of their first scene when the Losers Club meets Pennywise because he wanted to make sure there was genuine fear in their acting and that they were actually terrified of Pennywise.
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9. A tribute to the original Pennywise, Tim Curry, is included
When Richie Tozier is in the clown room, there is a mannequin of the original Pennywise, played by the iconic Tim Curry, from the 1990 television mini-series.
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10. It took seven years for the team to develop the film
According to IMDb, it took seven years of development before casting and filming even began, as the project first entered development in 2009.
11. Channing Tatum was considered for the Pennywise role
According to IMDb, other actors besides Skarsgård that were considered included Johnny Depp, Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Jim Carrey, Hugo Weaving, Doug Jones, and Channing Tatum.
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12. The film is set about three decades later than that of the novel
While Stephen King’s It, the book, takes place in 1958, the events in the movie take place in 1989, in the fictional town of Derry, Maine.