Dear friend and fellow coulrophobic: our worst fears are about to be realized.
A new adaptation of Stephen King’s It will bring Pennywise the Clown back to haunt our nightmares and social media feeds. And this time, don’t expect a flimsy made-for-TV flick: based on the facts so far, you’re gonna need Depends to watch this sh*t.
Director and co-screenwriter Cary Fukunaga demonstrated his prowess in horror during Season 1 of True Detective.
Producer Dan Lin has worked on several successful projects in recent years, including The Departed, The Invention of Lying, Gangster Squad, and The Lego Movie.
Lin hyped the film to Vulture: “The idea is to start official prep in March for a summer shoot [in 2015]. …we’ve been with this for about three or four years, so we’re super excited that he stayed with it.” According to Lin, Fukunaga has Stephen King’s support: “[The] response … [from King for his ‘It’ script] was, ‘Go with God, please! This is the version the studio should make.’ So that was really gratifying.”
Tim Curry‘s creeptastic portrayal of Pennywise in the 1990 version took an otherwise shallow, forgettable production and seared it into our subconscious. His exquisite capacity for the uncanny was perfect for the role.
It’ll be tough to top — but there are a few actors I could see playing a psycho clown killer…
1. Christoph Waltz: One of my favourite actors of all time. Waltz is a great shape-shifter and linguist, and he played a high-ranking Nazi in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Doesn’t get scarier than that.
2. John Carroll Lynch: He’s Twisty the Clown on American Horror Story: Freakshow, an initially well-meaning circus clown who turns child abductor/serial killer after enduring hatred and prejudice. Twisty’s tragic homicidal persona and Lynch’s role as meek midwesterner in Fargo could mesh to create a quietly terrifying villain, perfect for the part of Pennywise and his penchant for haunting bullied children.
3. Javier Bardem: Have you SEEN No Country For Old Men?! I rest my case.
Who would you cast as the new Pennywise?