Written by John Squires
Port Hope, a small municipality in Southern Ontario, Canada, has just been transformed into the fictional town of Derry, Maine for the first film in director Andy Muschietti’s two-part feature adaptation of Stephen King’s It, and filming is currently underway. Images from the set are beginning to hit the net, and one resident of the town is providing virtual tours via YouTube vids.
In the videos, of which there are currently three, you can check out the shops that line the streets of Derry, but what’s most interesting is the marquee displayed in front of the local movie theater. Lethal Weapon 2 and Tim Burton’s Batman are listed as playing, which indicates that the first film in the adaptation will be set in 1989 – the first part of King’s story took place in the late ’50s.
As for the second film, it will presumably take place in the present day.
Check out the virtual video tours below!
Jaeden Lieberher is playing Bill Denbrough, the leader of The Losers’ Club. He’ll be starring alongside Finn Wolfhard as Richie Tozier, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley Uris, Chosen Jacobs as Mike Hanlon, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie Kaspbrak, Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, and Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben Hanscom. Owen Teague is also part of the cast, playing teen bully Patrick Hockstetter.
As for Pennywise, Bill Skarsgard will wear the red nose.
The first film, hitting theaters on September 8th, 2017, is expected to be Rated R.
Stephen King’s It book synopsis…
Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.
They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.