We have just learned that the It remake is indeed planning to start production shortly and what’s more, the producers are targeting an R-rating! It’s likely that the unprecedented success of Deadpool didn’t hurt when it came to convincing the execs at Newline to go for an R-rating.
Collider recently caught up with producer Roy Lee to discuss the project and he had lots to say. Lee confirmed that the project is planning to shoot this summer. “It will hopefully be shooting later this year,” Lee told the outlet. “We just got the California tax credit… Gary Doberman wrote the most recent draft working with Andy Muscetti, so it’s being envisioned as two movies.”
Lee also confirmed that the plan is still to stay close to the source material but he also revealed that there will be certain differences. “It is very close to the source material in one way but very different if you look at it as a literary piece of work… 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. But it’s gonna be a really fun way of making this movie.”
Will Poulter was previously expected to play the killer clown in the film. However, at this point, his involvement is unclear. He has previously appeared in The Revenant. The killer clown was depicted by Tim Curry in the original adaptation.
The 1991 television miniseries and the forthcoming remake are both based on the Stephen King tome of the same name. No additional details on the upcoming project are available at this time but stay tuned to the site in the coming months and we will keep you apprised as more news is announced.