The second big Stephen King movie adaptation hits cinemas across the world this week, and thankfully IT succeeds on all levels, whereas The Dark Tower crumbled at the box office.
James Kleinmann sat down with director of Part One – The Losers Clubs Andy Muschietti, who took over the reins following the departure of original director Cary Fukanaga (and his choice for Pennywise, Will Poulter). He talks about the adaptation and his thoughts on Part Two, which will focus on the grown up Losers Club and the return of the demonic presence in their adult lives.
He also spoke to the Losers Club themselves. Jaeden Lieberher is Bill Denbrough, our chief Loser, Jeremy Ray Taylor plays Ben Hanscombe, Sophia Lillis is Beverly Marsh, the sole female member of the club. Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard was cast as Richie Tozier and the young cast is complete with Wyatt Oleff as Stanley Uris, Chosen Jacobs as Mike Hanlon, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie Kaspbrak.
The film has a lot to live up to. Tim Curry’s version of Pennywise the Clown in the 1990 mini-series was a force to be reckoned with. However, as you’ll know from the trailers for the film, Bill Skarsgård brings his own demonic presence to the fore.
Part One of Stephen King’s IT – The Losers Club is released in UK cinemas on the 8th of September.
Here are the interviews,