The popularity of Stephen King's It is once again on the rise as we get closer to the brand new film based the novel. However, it turns out that Tim Curry, who played the iconic Pennywise the Clown previously, isn't quite done with the role yet. A studio and a director that have previously made other documentaries based on classic horror films have announced that Tim Curry has agreed to be involved in their new doc on the classic miniseries version of It. It's fitting he would be involved, since the title of the documentary is actually, Pennywise: The Story of It.
The new documentary is being produced by Dead Mouse productions, who previously created You're So Cool Brewster, The Story of Fright Night and John Campopiano, the director of Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary. The team will produce this brand new film about another popular horror film that doesn't usually receive this sort of treatment. The news that Tim Curry will be involved is great news for fans as there is probably no better single source for detail about the creation of not simply the movie, but the character that made so many people scared of clowns.
The original production of It has somehow never received any sort of major documentary before, not even on the DVD releases of the film. Tim Curry has also seemingly never been interviewed at length about this particular project, so there is bound to be a lot of interesting detail that's never been spoken about before. Getting the details directly from the clown's mouth is perfect.
The new documentary is well timed because it won't be the only, new It film arriving in the coming months. It Part 1: The Losers Club, as that appears to be the full title, is set to debut this fall and tell half of the story of Stephen King's horror classic about an evil force that terrorizes a group of friends, all while in the form of a circus clown. The film will follow the friends as children, with plans to follow up with a sequel that will tell the other half of the story, after the children have grown up.
While no release date has yet been given for Pennywise: The Story of It, one would expect that it's looking to release as close to the new feature film as possible. As marketing for the new theatrical release begins fans familiar with the previous version will likely be remembering it more, making a behind the scenes documentary just the sort of thing that they would be interested in.