A group of bullied kids band together when a monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.
IT Totally Useless Trivia
10. Wyatt Oleff (Stanley Uris), Chosen Jacobs (Mike Hanlon), Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise), Jackson Robert Scott (Georgie), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie Kaspbrak) and director Andy Muschietti all celebrated birthdays onset.
8. The novel "It" was originally published in September 1986. The film "It" is set to be released in September 2017. September is also the birth month of Stephen King - the author of the novel.
5. In the novel, Pennywise comes to the town every 27 years to kill as many people as possible. The original TV mini-series was released in 1990. The re-make was released in 2017, exactly 27 years later.
4. IT comes alive every 27 years to feed. The new movie comes out 27 years after the original. 1990-2017.
3. On November 12, 2003, Jonathan Brandis died after hanging himself at the age of 27.
Director Andy Muschietti has confirmed that Bill Skarsgård speaks in Swedish sometimes while in character as Pennywise.
Although Bill Skarsgård was on set for the majority of production, he didn't actually begin filming his scenes until more than half of shooting was complete. The time before he actually started filming was spent working with Andrés Muschietti and the producers in order to perfect his mannerisms as Pennywise, as Skarsgård stated that he felt an immense amount of pressure to play the role perfectly due to Tim Curry's well-regarded performance in It (1990).
In an interview with Alexander Skarsgård, Bill Skarsgård recounted a scene he shot where he had to scare a large group of children. When he first walked onto the set in full costume and makeup, some kids were intrigued, some were scared, and one started shaking. However, after the scene was shot, all the children were crying due to how scary Skarsgård's performance was. Skarsgård admitted that he felt extremely guilty about this and he apologized to all of the child actors after the camera stopped rolling, ensuring them that the whole thing was just pretend.
Bill Skarsgård had admitted that he was so into his performance as Pennywise that he would have constant nightmares during production.
About 6 months before the film was released, Stephen King (the author of the original novel) was shown a screening. Afterwards, he said that the film exceeded his expectations and that the producers had done "a wonderful job".
The film's first teaser trailer generated 197 million views globally within 24 hours of its release, breaking the record that was set by The Fate of the Furious (2017) at 139 million views.
Andy Muschietti kept Bill Skarsgård separate from the child actors up until they had to shoot scenes together. On the day of their first scenes together, the production staff warned the kids about how scary Skarsgård could be while in character. The kids brushed this off, claiming that they knew he was just an actor in a costume and that they were professionals and would be fine. However, when the time came for Skarsgård to be Pennywise for the scene, the kids were genuinely terrified.
At the request of director Andy Muschietti, Bill Skarsgård didn't meet any of the teenage actors until he showed up on set to film the first encounter between the Losers Club and Pennywise. This was done specifically to make sure the young actors would be scared of Pennywise during filming, and according to interviews given by Muschietti the strategy paid off.
When Andy Muschietti initially signed on to direct, the studio had wanted him to use exactly the same script that Cary Fukunaga had planned on using, with the only edits being the omission of the more controversial scenes that would've earned the film an NC-17 rating (such as Henry Bowers having sex with a sheep and ejaculating on a birthday cake, or Beverly's father attempting to rape her). Muschietti loved the structure and human drama of Fukunaga's version, but requested that he be allowed to slightly edit the script to make it more faithful to the novel, which the studio chose to allow. These changes included putting in the Leper and Bill's stutter, elements from the novel which Fukunaga had cut, as well as changing names back to their original novel forms (Will to Bill, Travis to Henry, Snatch to Belch, etc.) and changing the firework fight back to the "Apocalyptic Rock Fight." Muschietti also planned on including the "Smokehole" scene in which Richie and Mike use a Native American tradition to have a vision which details how It arrived on Earth millions of years ago. Due to the extensive CGI needed for this scene, it was deemed too expensive for the film and Muschietti was forced to cut it from the script.
The movie had been in development for 7 years before filming actually began.
There were rumors at one point that Bill Skarsgård would not be returning to play Pennywise in the second film due to concerns that the role was negatively affecting his mental health. However, a week before the film was released, Skarsgård confirmed that he was officially attached to the sequel and had already began meeting with Andrés Muschietti to discuss ideas for the character and the film.
While Bill Skarsgård declared himself a huge fan of Tim Curry in general and Curry's specific performance as Pennywise in the TV version of IT, he also said that he did not try to incorporate any of Curry's work into his own portrayal of Pennywise, because he felt that he could not "do Tim Curry anywhere near as well as Curry himself did" and he didn't want his performance to echo this and become a distraction.
Pennywise does not blink.
Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise) was born in 1990, the same year that the original was released.
Bill Skarsgård trained with a contortionist for his role in the movie.
In Stephen King's novel, the Losers Club must face Pennywise first as children, then decades later as adults. This film only tells of their encounter with him as children. If it is successful, the filmmakers plan to make a sequel sets during the lead characters' adult years, when It returns to terrorize a new generation of children.
A popular fan idea for this film is to have the child actors from the original film return to play the adult roles. However, Bill would have to be recast due to the death of Jonathan Brandis. Marlon Taylor and Jarred Blancard, who played the roles of Mike and Henry, have both said that if they were offered the chance to reprise their roles, they would accept.
Bill Skarsgård has described Pennywise as being, "such an extreme character. Inhumane. It's beyond even a sociopath, because he's not even human. He's not even a clown. I'm playing just one of the beings that It creates. It truly enjoys taking the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt." Skarsgård elaborated on his connection to the children saying that, "there's a childishness to the character, because he's so closely linked to the kids. The clown is a manifestation of the children's imaginations, so there's something child-like about that."
Andy Muschietti kept Bill Skarsgård isolated from the rest of the cast/crew during the beginning of filming, the exception being a three person costume/makeup team. This was to make sure Skarsgård's performance was shocking to the other actors, as well as to avoid leaked photos. Although Skarsgård thought this was a good strategy, he admitted that he felt very lonely during this time, and was sad that he couldn't bond with the rest of the people involved, something he says is one of his favorite parts of making a movie. These feelings were intensified when he heard about how much fun everyone else was having without him and how they all called it one of the best projects they'd ever worked on.
Hugo Weaving and Bill Skarsgård were the two finalists for the role of Pennywise after Will Poulter left the project. Skarsgard eventually got the role, reportedly due to his ability to play a more fun and child-like Pennywise in addition to a creepy Pennywise, while Weaving reportedly fell short in playfulness and could only play creepy.
Producer Barbara Muschietti has confirmed that Jessica Chastain is being considered for the role of adult Beverly. Actress Sophia Lillis has also revealed that Chastain is her first choice for the role.
During early stages of production, Chloe Grace Moretz was strongly considered for the role of Beverly. However, due to the time the project spent in development hell, casting did not begin until Moretz was 19. She was deemed too old for the role, and Sophia Lillis was cast instead. Coincidentally, Moretz starred in Carrie (2013), another Stephen King adaption.
In the original novel, the sections with the children take place during 1958. The film takes place in 1989.
Finn Wolfhard was the only member of Cary Fukunaga's cast for the movie that ended up staying on the project when Andrés Muschietti took over as director.
In a February 2016 interview, producer Roy Lee revealed that filming is expected to begin later this year and that they still intend to split the film into two parts. He also stated that the script has been revised and that the film will be rated R.
Bill Skarsgård celebrated his 26th birthday shortly before he began filming his scenes. To celebrate, Andy Muschietti posted a picture on his Instagram account of him wearing a Pennywise mask, giving Skarsgård the finger.
Other actors who were rumored to play Pennywise included Johnny Depp, Tilda Swinton, Richard Armitage, Tom Hiddleston, Jackie Earle Haley, Jim Carrey, Kirk Acevedo, Willem Dafoe, Paul Giamatti, Hugo Weaving, Doug Jones, and Channing Tatum.
Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti fought hard (with help from the producers) to put more scenes from the novel back into the story. The Smoke-Hole scene was demanded but the studio deemed it too expensive. Andy was able to put most scenes he requested back into his adaptation, such as Eddie's encounter with the Leper.
In the novel, Ben Hanscom invented "beep beep Ritchie" whenever they need him to shut up. This is not used by the losers club in the movie as they only ask him to "shut up". "Beep beep Ritchie" is used by IT in the movie instead when Pennywise tease Ritchie, a clear reference to the novel.
Two days before the movie started filming, Andy Muschietti posted a picture on Instagram of his office filled with balloons, a way of letting fans know that pre-production had ended for the film.
Contrary to the novel, in which the children's journey with Pennywise begins in 1958, the movie will begin to follow the loser club from around 1989 (four years after the final encounter between the loser club and Pennywise in the novel) and supposedly with the second clash in the mid-2010s.
The character of Belch Huggins wears a shirt featuring the band Anthrax, with the phrase "Follow me or die" on the back. This is a lyric from Anthrax's song "Among the Living," which the band wrote about another Stephen King book, "The Stand."
Sophia Lillis said in an interview that the scene where a fountain of blood sprays out of the sink drain in her face was the hardest scene for her to shoot.
Actor Finn Wolfhard admits to having a fear of clowns despite starring as Richie Tozier in this movie.
Body Count: 5 (2 Off-Screen)
John Oliver was such a fan of the novel, that he can be seen as an extra in the town's diner.
The release of this film is rather timely, as 2016 witnessed a trend of people dressing up as clowns to harass or violently attack people. Fittingly for the story, they are known to have made threats against schools as well.
Cary Fukunaga was set to direct, but dropped out due to production budget and a difference in artistic vision which included creative control over what the intended MPAA rating was to be. Andy Muschietti took over as director and filming began in the summer of 2016.
The town of Derry is portrayed by Port Hope in Canada which as of April 2017 is the location of Turtle John's restaurant- the Turtle features heavily within the novel IT and The Dark Tower series. Across the way from Turtle John's is Beamish House and 12 beams link and hold together The Dark Tower and the Stephen King universe
Marlon Taylor, Jarrod Blanchard and Brandon Crane, who played the respective roles of Mike, Henry and Ben in It (1990), all reached out to the new actors for this film (Chosen Jacobs for Taylor, Nicholas Hamilton for Blanchard and Jeremy Ray Taylor for Crane) and spoke to them. They all went on to say they were very pleased with the casting and are excited to see the film.
Sophia Lillis is not scared by horror movies and actually laughed the first time she saw Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise.
The song during the "Rock Fight" is Anti-Social by Anthrax.
After Cary Fukunaga dropped out, Andy Muschietti pitched a movie that would use most of the Fukunaga/Palmer script, but with more famous scenes from the book added. While Muschietti did most of the rewrite himself, the final version was touched up a little by Gary Dauberman to get the movie back on the original budget.
Some filming took place in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada. This was also a filming location for another Stephen King film, the miniseries Storm of the Century (1999).
Director Andrés Muschietti shares pictures of every day of filming in his instagram account.
Both actors cast as Pennywise were significantly younger and taller than Tim Curry was when he played the role in It (1990). Curry was 44 and 5'9" at the time. Will Poulter was 22 and 6'2" when he was cast, and Bill Skarsgård was 25 and 6'4".
Despite Nicholas Hamilton (Henry Bowers), Logan Thompson (Victor Criss) Jake Sim (Belch Huggins) and Owen Teague (Patrick Hockstetter) having to constantly bully their co stars Jaeden, Jeremy, Sophia, Finn, Wyatt, Jack, and Chosen on set, off set they all hang out and constantly pal around.
The opening scene with Georgie takes place in October of 1988. Donnie Darko (2001) also takes place in October of 1988. In an early scene in DD, Donnie's Mom is seen reading It.
Pennywise's house in the new adaptation of "It" was set up and filmed in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
Cary Fukunaga's script changed the names of several main characters: Bill Denbrough to Willy Denbrough, Henry Bowers to Travis Bowers, 'Belch' Huggins to 'Snatch' Huggins, Patrick Hockstetter to Patrick Hockstettler, Will Hanlon to Leroy Hanlon and Greta Bowie to Gretta Bowie. Though most have been changed back by Andy Muschietti, the changes to 'Leroy' and 'Gretta' remain.
Mike Flanagan was desperate to get into talks with the studio for the directing position when Cary Fukunaga dropped out.
Tilda Swindon and Richard Armitage were in the running to play Pennywise.
Ty Simpkins was slated to play Will Denbrough while Cary Fukunaga was still directing. He was replaced by Jaeden Lieberher when Andy Muschietti took over and the character name was changed back to the original Bill Denbrough.
In the first few weeks of filming, Wyatt Oleff purchased the novel to get more into his character of Stan Uris.
In the book, Mike's father was named Will. In the movie, it is his grandfather and his name is Leroy.
Bill Skarsgård's father, Stellan Skarsgård, appeared with the original Pennywise, Tim Curry, in The Hunt for Red October (1990).
Film debut of Jackson Robert Scott. His only acting credit before this film was on TV, a one episode character on Criminal Minds (2005).
The original poster for "A Nightmare on Elm Street 5" can be seen in one of the scenes
Wyatt Oleff and Jeremy Ray Taylor worked together previously on The History of Us (2015).
After the "Rock Fight", when the losers are walking, a train can be seen in the background. One of the wagons has a large red triangle on it. This is the logo of CanadianTire, a Canadian hardware store. The film was shot in Ontario, Canada.
Eddie wears an Airwolf t-shirt in keeping with the 80s time frame.
Stephen R. Hart auditioned to play Pennywise.
Richie plays the Street Fighter arcade. In 2017, the same year that the movie was released, Street Fighter celebrates it's 30th anniversary.
Stephen King who is the author of the original novel It which the film is based on is from Lisbon Maine US where he went to Lisbon High School. The story also takes place in Maine US.
Director Andy Muschietti has confirmed that many of its forms, such as the werewolf and mummy, will be cut and replaced with new forms. He said that this is to make the terrors surprising, even for those who have read the book
The end of the novel leaves the fate of Pennywise ambiguous, and even the first line of the story hints that he may still be alive. However, Stephen King has sworn to never write about Pennywise again, as King claims that the character is too scary, even for him.
Stan's first encounter with It comes in the form of a painting in a style much like that of Italian painter, Amedeo Modigliani, whose paintings were an inspiration in the design of Mama in the 2013 film Mama. Mama is also directed by Andy Muschietti.
The new films will feature the more disturbing aspects of the novel that the original TV film wasn't able to touch upon. Some of these include the more extreme acts of violence committed by Pennywise and the bullies as well as the dark sexual undertones present throughout the novel (Eddie Kaspbrak's encounter with the Leper, the relationship between Henry Bowers and Patrick Hockstetter, etc). However it is very unlikely that the infamous child orgy scene from the novel will be included as not only would it earn the film an NC-17 rating, but it would also be severely traumatizing for the child actors to film as well.
Some of the more graphic parts of the children's part of the book were left out of the movie. Including Patrick giving Henry a handjob, Patrick suffocating his infant brother, Bev continuously being beaten by her father, and the infamous orgy scene with Bev in the sewer.
After the credits roll you can hear Pennywise laughing, foreshadowing his return for Part 2
The Paul Bunyan Statue can be clearly seen during the 4th July parade opening scene. In the novel, the Paul Bunyan statue is used by IT to terrorize Richie Tozier.
The very controversial sex scene from the book will not be in the movie because the kids are young as 12 and 10 in the book.
Several drafts of the Cary Fukunaga/Chase Palmer script have made it online. While an early 2014 draft is still relatively close to the novel, a later one starts to really deviate and shows what direction the final film would've ended up in. Changed story lines include: Georgie disappearing in the sewers by the hand of Pennywise and Will Denbrough's quest to find him; the combining of Stan Uris and Richie Tozier into closeted Jew Richie Goldfarb; Stan now being the name of Will's goldfish who gets killed by Travis Bowers by being thrown onto the grill of the Hanlons' mobile Burger Joint; flashback to settler times in the 1700s, where a naked Pennywise has a conversation with a Pilgrim woman; Bowers and his gang attempting to force girls to blow them; Bev being hit on by her dad's friends and rumors of her being passed around at a party; the reveal that Pennywise let a young Al Marsh live so he could grow up to molest Bev every night and It could feed off of her fears.
Whenever Pennywise's eyes look in two different directions, there are no special effects used for that. Director Andrés Muschietti had planned on using CGI to achieve this, and informed Bill Skarsgård of this, but Skarsgård then demonstrated that he could do it on his own, and that is what is used in the final film.
When Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard) is in the "clown room", there is a mannequin dressed as the 1990 mini-series version of Pennywise the Clown, played by Tim Curry, sitting on the floor (left side of the screen)
The "Slideshow" scene where Pennywise slowly reveals himself through rapidly projecting slides is a nod to another Stephen King story, "The Sun Dog." In it, a mangy, but increasingly aggressive dog is revealed through a series of slides before leaping out and attacking the story's protagonists. Pennywise too jumps out of the film, haunched and barking like a dog before attacking.
Bill Skarsgård was the fourth actor offered the role of Pennywise. Tim Curry was offered the chance to reprise the role during early development, but turned it down. Ben Mendelsohn was also offered the role, and was interested, but turned it down when he couldn't agree with the studio on his salary. Will Poulter was then offered the role and accepted, but scheduling conflicts forced him to drop out after production delays pushed filming back a year. Skarsgård was then given the role.
The famous "smoke hole" scene explaining It's alien origin from the novel will be omitted from this adaptation due to budget constraints. Because of this, it's speculated that the climactic Ritual of Chüd from the novel will be omitted as well due to it's ties to the smoke hole scene. These two scenes were also missing from the 1990 TV mini-series.
R | 2h 15min | Drama, Horror | 8 September 2017 (USA)
Director: Andy Muschietti
Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard