Pennywise is back to scare the pee out of us…
Lions, and Tigers, and Clowns. Oh my!
Warner Bros. Studios has commissioned a 120-page script based on Stephen King’s astoundingly-long 1986 horror novel, It.
Novels like It rarely see the light of day as feature films, due to the obvious difficulty associated with cramming every crucial detail of the 1,100-page bestseller into a 120-minute box office experience. The read was adapted into an ABC miniseries about 20 years ago, featuring Tim Curry as Pennywise, a bloodthirsty clown with a smile that hides his cruelty.
With the Scream franchise set for a comeback and flicks like Saw and Paranormal Activity making a killing (No Pun Intended) at theaters, The WB is accepting the challenge of finally turning It — a detailed and gory odyssey — into a feature film. In fact, the studio has already enlisted screenwriter David Kajganich to pen a film adaptation of the book. Kajganich has made quite a name for himself penning dark material: he wrote the screenplay for The Invasion for Warners and snagged a gig as a contributed on the proposed Pet Semetary remake.
The novel is set in 1958 and 1985, but the feature version will be set in the present day, says Kajganich, who recently spoke with DreadCentral.com about taking on the It feat:
“The book’s length is clearly more suited to a mini-series and I understand very well why they went that route the last time around, but I think the book’s content is really more appropriate for cinema. I told the studio from the beginning that I felt I needed to be able to write for an R rating, since I wanted to be as candid as the novel about the terrible things the characters go through as kids. They agreed and off I went. I think the biggest difference is that we’re working with about two-thirds the onscreen time they had for the miniseries. That sounds dire, I know, but it doesn’t necessarily mean two-thirds the amount of story. I’m finding as many ways as I can to make certain scenes redundant by deepening and doubling others…..”
Another It: Good idea or another case of Hollywood not knowing when to leave well enough alone? Any suggestions on who should take on the role of Pennywise? I nominate Mel Gibson! God knows he’s scary enough when off his meds.