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Stephen King Fans Should Love This It Trailer

After the first It teaser broke records, many folks, especially Stephen King fans, wondered how closely director Andy Muschietti’s film would follow King’s iconic, terrifying novel. We knew that Muschietti’s film would follow half of King’s tome, focusing on the characters as children (they call themselves the Loser’s Club), in a coming-of-age story that follows them in 1980s Derry, Maine, and their eventual combat with the titular, terrifying clown.

The first official trailer opens with a sunny, sweet portrait of childhood anxiety, excitement and hope in Derry, Maine (the location of so much of King’s horrific mischief, like Insomnia, Bag of Bones, Dreamcatcher, Fair Extension), all of which builds to one of the story’s most iconic moments; when a little boy named George chases a paper boat down a flooded street and sees it disappear into a storm drain. When he looks into the drain to catch sight of his boat, he sees a flash of Pennywise as he prefers to appear (he can shape shift, folks)—as a yellow eyed clown.  

The trailer follows both the Loser’s Club and Derry’s haunted history, with Pennywise the center of a decades-long reign of terror. The film is likely part one of a two part story, with the second half focusing on the Loser’s Club as adults. Producer Roy Lee told Collider, “We’re taking it and making the movie from the point of view of the kids, and then making another movie from the point of view of the adults, that could potentially then be cut together like the novel.” As Rollingstone notes, there are rumors the second film is already in production, shooting under a secret name. 

The last time we saw It on the screen was as a TV miniseries in 1990 starring Tim Curry as Pennywise.

It opens September 8th. 

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