Stephen King’s “It” To Be More Vicious Than Miniseries

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As if the first one didn’t ruin showers for me as a child, Producer Seth Grahame-Smith told EW the planned two-part film version of Stephen King’s It, “will bring back some of the viciousness of the book that they couldn’t do with the [1990 TV] miniseries because it was for broadcast.”

Smith added, “I think it’s going to be very scary, but I also feel like you’ve got [True Detective creator] Cary [Fukunaga] who is going to direct these kids — and he’s incredible at casting, incredible at shooting. He’s incredible with tone and atmosphere. One of the things I wanted to do is be a part of one of the really good King adaptations. As we know, there is an echelon of King adaptations that are classics. There are some that are okay. There are some that we’d rather forget.”

Grahame-Smith said of the film’s status, “We’re going to get a draft, what is supposed to be the shooting [script], any day now from Cary and his writing partner. We’re doing a deal for them to write the second movie. Our hope is to prep sometime in the next few months and shoot in the summer. That one is as much on the runway as we can possibly be. I know New Line is ready to go.”

The original miniseries aired in 1990 and starred Tim Curry, Dennis Christopher, John Ritter, and Annette O’Toole. Fukunaga is directing the first installment of the films.

I still can’t believe this was on ABC back in the day: