Pennywise is Coming Back for Me in My Adulthood

March 13, 2009

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A friend recently said that what's scary about clowns is that "beneath that make-up lies the most dangerous monster of all: man." An accurate statement, but what's also scary is when, as a kid, your parents allowed you to watch Tim Curry spawn fangs while in a Bozo costume, and you grow up worrying all clowns may possess this dark power.

Now an entirely new generation of our youth will have the chance to know this irrational fear:

Warner Bros. is doing "It," tapping Dave Kajganich to adapt Stephen King's novel, with Dan Lin and Vertigo's Roy Lee and Doug Davison producing.

"It" centers on seven children in a small Maine town who confront the source of a series of murders in 1958 and again in 1985, when the cycle begins again.

The novel was previously adapted into a 1990 ABC miniseries.

Kajganich is also writing "Escape From New York" for Neal Moritz and New Line and "True Story" for Plan B to produce at Paramount Vantage, with Kevin McDonald attached to direct.

It's fashionable, and usually justified, to get down on remakes, but surely a new Hollywood adaptation has at least as much potential as a 1990 ABC miniseries starring Harry Anderson and The Waltons guy with the birthmark. Let's give the kids one more villainous clown, yeah?

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