Of all the horror films set to hit theaters this year, it’s hard to think of any titles quite as highly anticipated as Andy Muschetti’s R-rated readaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel IT.
As everyone reading this website no doubt knows, IT was first adapted as a TV miniseries back in 1990, featuring the legendary Tim Curry as Pennywise the Clown. His portrayal has since gone on to become iconic, even if the overall miniseries itself has its flaws.
While there was some trepidation among IT diehards when this new version was first announced, each new piece of behind the scenes or preview material seems to go a long way toward quelling those fears, especially the recent teaser trailer.
That trailer smashed through online viewing records in less than a day, creating a level of positive buzz around Muschetti’s IT that most movies would kill for. It doesn’t hurt that King himself has seen the movie already, and is a big fan.
Today brings with it a new set photo from IT, partially spotlighting a behind the scenes shot of what looks to be several members of The Losers Club in the Derry sewer system.
What really catches the eye though is a foreground image of Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard), scaring the crap out of an unfortunate victim in his clutches. Check it out below.
Update: Warner Bros. has let us know that the included set image was unofficial, and asked that we remove it.
It’s not entirely clear who Pennywise is currently targeting in the shot – Bev, maybe? – but whoever he’s got, things aren’t going to end well, as the sinister clown’s eyes appear to have rolled straight back into his head.
IT (2017) arrives in theaters on September 8th. I think I can speak for just about everyone when I say that I wish the release date was much sooner. This is going to be awesome.