‘IT’ Director Andrés Muschietti On Why Stephen King Was Not Involved In The Remake

Written By: Nick Poulimenakos

Andres Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror story, IT, will make it’s way into theatres soon. While King has been involved in past adaptations of his novels, it has been revealed that he was not brought in for input on IT and Muschietti is now explaining why he did not look to King for help for his remake.

In a recent interview with Collider, Muschietti explains that he would actually feel embarrassed to discussed his version of IT with King:

“I’m very happy making an adaptation, my interpretation of the story, and I would be thrilled to meet Stephen King, but there comes a time in the process where you start feeling good with your interpretation of it, and your contribution to the story, and it doesn’t feel like I want to discuss my ideas with him, you know? I don’t know. It feels like something that I would be embarrassed to tell him, you know? ‘Your words and your moments don’t work,’ right? [laughs].”

Muschietti then discussed why the film decided to change the design on Pennywise the Clown:

“Yeah. Well, the fact that this entity has been around for thousands of years… I’m more drawn— I never— aesthetically, I don’t dig the 20th century clown. I think it looks cheap, and it’s too related to social events and stuff and circus and stuff, which circus is fine, but I’m more aesthetically attracted to the old time, like the 19th century clown. And given that this guy has been around for centuries, I wondered myself why, why not, having an upgrade that was 1800s.”

Do you think the IT remake should have brought in Stephen King? Let us know in the comments and on social media!

IT scares its way into theatres on September 8, 2017. 

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