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Old 06-11-2013, 04:48
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This project has been in limbo for years. The original plan was to make a single film (actually I remember reading that it was going to be 2 films but the article doesn't mention that) back in 2009. Then everything went quiet and the project kind of went nowhere.

Now once again, "IT" is being made into 2 films and this time there appears to be some real movement on this project. Cary Fukunaga (director of "Jane Eyre") is writing and directing the films for Warner Bros. I can't wait. The original "IT" TV miniseries is a great adaptation of the book but it did have some issues (terrible ending for one thanks to the limitations of TV at the time). It's still one of my favorites and I I'm glad I have the DVD.

No filming date or potential release date has been announced. But if all goes well, I expect it to be in theaters (at the earliest) sometime in 2015.

For anyone who doesn't know the plot, here it is:

A promise made twenty-eight years ago calls seven adults to reunite in Derry, Maine, where as teenagers they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children. Unsure that their "Losers Club" had vanquished the creature all those years ago, the seven had vowed to return to Derry if IT should ever reappear. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that summer return as they prepare to do battle with the monster lurking in Derry's sewers once more.
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Old 06-11-2013, 21:05
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It has of course already been made into a film, a TV miniseries of two parts. The cast is pretty good (Tim Curry as Pennywise).

It is not bad but the book is one much liked by many readers and it is not perhaps possible to make a film of it that I would really think is good.
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Old 06-11-2013, 22:54
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Part 1 was great but I thought part 2 was very poor and the ending was terrible,tho the cast was great
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Old 07-11-2013, 00:53
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Looking forward to this! IT is one of my favourite books, and definitely my favourite Stephen King book.

I have recently bought the old version of the film on DVD so looking forward to watching it.
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Old 07-11-2013, 13:32
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The original wasnt that good in my opinion. there wasnt enough scares
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Old 07-11-2013, 13:36
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My problem with the original is that the scenes with the child actors were brilliant, but the sequences starring the adults was a complete letdown. I haven't read the book so I don't know if the new film can be truer to the source material but I think a remake has the potential to be very, very interesting.

I hope it will be better than the terrible Nightmare On Elm Street remake, which also could have been so good.
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Old 07-11-2013, 13:41
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The original wasnt that good in my opinion. there wasnt enough scares
There's not many 'scares' in the book. It's not really that sort of story. More a overriding feel of evil and menace.
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Old 07-11-2013, 20:34
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I bought this dvd today in HMV (half price) so looking forward to seeing it...
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Old 07-11-2013, 21:36
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the adult actors in the mini series really didn't do it for me, just so wooden and badly cast.
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Old 07-11-2013, 23:38
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The original mini series is a mixed bag, Tim Curry is awesome as Penny Wise and the youngsters are terrific, but unfortunately for the most part the adults in the respective roles were not so well cast. I thought Richard "John Boy" Thomas was especially poorly cast.

The other big issue is that they weren't really able to follow through with some of the themes of the book, one in particular concerning Bev (I suspect this will also be an issue for any future film they do make).

And of course, due to budget restrictions the finale was something of a damp squib.

But even so, it's still pretty watchable. That said, the book is a 100 times better and then some.
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Old 14-11-2013, 23:40
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IT is my favourite novel, a close second is Stephen King's 11/22/63.

I really liked the TV mini movie, or what ever its was. Only issue I have is some cringeworthy acting and the movie isn't as good as it could have been.

I am hopeful that the IT remake will be a little darker and scarier!
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Old 15-11-2013, 00:28
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I'm still fond of IT, and loved reading the book in the 1980s. The film, though is very flawed with, as others have suggested, poor adult actors - save for the guy playing the older Bill Danbrough,

Oh dear, looking up "Bill Danbrough" on Wiki, I find that the actor who played him as a kid (Jonathan Brandis) died in 2003, aged 27. What an absolute bummer.

I still go back to the film occasionally every few years. The kids are great and convey what I think is both the book and the film's best feature: adolescence and friendship.

I'm sad now.
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