Not content with stoking coulrophobia, the remake of Stephen King’s ‘It’ is now bolstering globophobia too. One of a set of new pics from the forthcoming horror movie finds murderous clown Pennywise, played by Bill Skarsgård, hiding behind one, his sinister Elizabethan ruff and blood-red smile showing behind. Fingerless gloves get a bad rep too, in a second picture which shows Pennywise terrorising the Losers Club, the band of teenagers at the centre of the story.
The upcoming remake of Stephen King’s ‘IT’ brings the classic tale of clown-shaped terror back to the big screen. Starring Bill Skarsgård as everyone’s favourite creepy clown, Pennywise, Stephen King’s ‘IT’ dropped another terrifying image today courtesy of Empire Magazine. “There’s supposed to be a less-is-more thing in horror,” director Andrés Muschietti told Empire.
Barbara Muschietti took to Instagram to let followers know the good news, and give them a little fuel for nightmares in the process. Hopefully that’s a nice birthday present for the esteemed author, who just turned 69 this week. The big screen take on ‘It’ has been in development for many years, infamously coming close to being made by ‘True Detective’ and ‘Beasts of No Nation’ director Cary Fukunaga with Will Poulter in the pivotal role of the evil clown Pennywise.
Stephen King is kind of responsible for generations growing up scared of clowns. Thanks to Pennywise from his 1986 horror novel ‘It’, played terrifyingly by Tim Curry in the 1990 mini-series, clowns are now something of a horror staple (see also Twisty from the anthology series ‘American Horror Story’).
Tim Curry, who starred in the 1990 miniseries - but the new adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘It’ is forging its own path giving the immortal, balloon-loving clown a haunting makeover. It’s a stark contrast to the shapeless garish number worn by Curry in the 1990 miniseries, and it certainly adds an spooky new dimension to the eternal beast who feeds on the fear of young children. “The costume definitely incorporates all these otherworldly past lives, if you will,” costume designer Janie Bryant told EW.
It’s no secret that ‘The Dark Tower’, one of Stephen King’s most ambitious works, is currently being adapted for the big screen. Starring Idris Elba as the iconic gunslinger Roland Deschain and Matthew McConnaughey as the Man in Black, ‘The Dark Tower’ is already causing plenty of buzz… and could prove to be a huge hit.
Bill Skårsgard has been tasked with taking on The Dancing Clown, who debuted in Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel ‘It’, before being portrayed by Tim Curry for the 1990 ABC mini-series of the same name. Bill Skårsgard, who is the son of Stellan and brother of Alexander, was cast in the role after English actor Will Poulter dropped out, and he knows just how daunting a task it will be to emulate Tim Curry’s version. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Skårsgard admitted, “Tim Curry’s performance was truly great, but it’s important for me to do something different because of that.
“Cell” is a zombie horror film that explores what happens when mobile phones literally turn people into zombies. It’s an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name It stars John Cusack (Clay Riddell), Samuel L. Jackson (Tom McCourt), Isabelle Fuhrman (Alice Maxwell), and Stacy Keach (Charles Ardai).
Matthew McConaughey has been spotted on the streets of New York while filming the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’. The production was filming in Madison Square Garden when one New Yorker snapped the Oscar-winning star in costume as Walter Padick - “the man in black” - a character King describes as “the embodiment of evil”. Matthew McConaughey filming “The Dark Tower” at Madison Square Park, NYC #thedarktower A photo posted by @fmarciuliano on Jun 30, 2016 at 12:59pm PDT The film, written and directed by Nikolaj Arcel, is shooting in the Big Apple over the next few days, so hopefully we’ll also get to see Idris Elba in costume as Roland Deschain - the Gun Slinger - soon too. ‘The Dark Tower’ is set for release in February 2017, but it’s had a long and tortured road to the big screen so far.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 25-year-old Bill Skarsgard has been cast as Pennywise the Clown in the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘It’. “Bill Skarsgard has the It factor,” they revealed.
‘The Shining,’ Stephen King’s best-selling novel which inspired Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 movie, has found a new lease of life - as a stage opera. The Minnesota Opera premiered their take on the horror classic last week, with composer Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell having spent the last three years working on the project. Moravec tells NPR, “Stephen King’s original novel is all about love, death and power.
The horrormeister adapted his 2006 novel for the film, which reteams John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson from another King-based thriller, 1408. Cusack plays Clay Riddell, an artist who is separated from his family when the mysterious “Pulse” is blasted out over the cell network, turning anyone who was using a smartphone into a mindless killer. Jackson is Tom McCourt, an unlikely hero who helps Clay navigate the “phoners” in a search for his lost son.
Studio Warner Bros, who are releasing ‘It’ via their subsidiary New Line Cinema, have announced the first part of the two-volume film, to be directed by Andrés Muschietti, will hit US cinemas on 8 September 2017. First published in 1986, ‘It’ is one of King’s best-loved and lengthiest books (well over 1,000 pages), and was previously shot as a TV mini-series in 1990, with Tim Curry in the central role of the evil clown Pennywise. ‘Mama’ director Muschietti boarded the ‘It’ movie in summer 2015, replacing Cary Fukunaga (’True Detective,’ ‘Beasts of No Nation’) who left over differences with the producers.
For a while now, things have been threatening to go huge on the Stephen King movie front, with adaptations of a number of his biggest works in development for the big screen. Now, director Josh Boone (’The Fault In Our Stars’) has shed a little light on where things stand (sorry) on the massive dystopian fantasy, and the problems the film has faced in getting off the ground. Boone tells Nightmare Magazine, “The reason The Stand hasn’t been made yet is because it’s expensive.
‘The Dark Tower’ is filling out its cast with newcomer Tom Taylor. According to Variety, the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’ has tapped newcomer Tom Taylor… in the role of Jake Chambers.
Author Stephen King has confirmed that a movie based on ‘The Dark Tower’ - his beloved series of sci-fi fantasy novels - is happening and that it will star Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba. An adaptation has been in the works for some time, but has gained serious traction over the past six months, with Sony hiring director Nikolaj Arcel and setting a 13 January 2017 release date. King’s tweet said: “It’s official: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed,” quoting the opening line of the series’ first book, before a hashtag for #DarkTowerMovie and tagging the pair of actors.
The troubled big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s epic novel ‘It’ should finally go before cameras later this year, according to producer Roy Lee. Lee tells Collider, “It will hopefully be shooting later this year. ‘Mama’ director Andrés Muschietti came on board the long in-development movie in July 2015, replacing original director Cary Fukunaga (’True Detective,’ ’Beasts of No Nation’) who quit over creative clashes with studio New Line Cinema.
Stephen King’s novels have been made into movies (and stage shows, and comic books) dozens and dozens of times over the years, starting with ‘Carrie’ in 1976.
Idris Elba has officially been linked to the lead role in a movie series adapted from a long-running series of novels… but no, it isn’t James Bond. Multiple sources report that Elba is the front runner to play Roland Deschain the Gunslinger in the long-awaited big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’ at Sony. An unorthodox collision of western, high fantasy, science fiction and horror, ‘The Dark Tower’ follows the mysterious Deschain on his quest to the tower of the title.
Time for an obligatory ‘alright, alright, alright,’ as news breaks on what might be Matthew McConaughey’s next big role. And big is the operative word here.
Looks like another big screen horror tale is set to be revived in a small screen format, as word breaks that ‘The Mist’ is to become a TV series. With a cast including Tom Jane and Marcia Gay Harden, ‘The Mist’ centres on the people trapped in a small town supermarket when the world outside becomes enveloped in (guess what) a mysterious mist, bringing with it hideous monsters - and, so it would seem, the end of the world. Interestingly, given the movie had a fairly decisive ending, ‘The Mist’ is pitched as a continuing series, and is being developed by Danish writer Christian Torpe.
Director Cary Fukunaga has spoken at length on why he walked away from the long in-development big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s novel ‘It’ - and his remarks paint a fairly scathing portrait of his producers at Warner Bros and New Line Cinema. - Director Wes Craven Dies - James Wan Hints At Monster Movie - Laments of Nightmare On Elm Street Reboot Make-Up Artist Fukunaga had been attached to ‘It’ since 2012, and says he “was trying to make an unconventional horror film. They didn’t care about that. “In the first movie, what I was trying to do was an elevated horror film with actual characters. Interestingly, Fukunaga would seem to allude to Freddy Krueger when hinting at his efforts to make iconic villain Pennywise “more than just the clown, after 30 years of villains that could read the emotional minds of characters and scare them.” Memorably portrayed by Tim Curry in the 1990 TV mini-series adaptation of King’s novel, Pennywise was set to be played by Will Poulter in Fukunaga’s film, although it is unclear whether or not the actor is still on board now that the project is up in the air.