The Big Challenge With IT's Pennywise, According To The Director

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Pennywise the Dancing Clown has never been a big fan of subtlety. Not many clowns are, but it's the ones who are actually shape-shifting, child-eating monsters that you have to be on the lookout for. Pennywise is the favored guise of It, the monster at the center of September's IT. The evil clown has gotten plenty of face time in the promotional material, and the movie won't try to hide him for long. That actually proved to be a challenge, as director Andrés Muschietti admitted that it's not easy to keep a clown in the corner for long.

He is present. It's not like one of those movies where you can hide the monster. He's front and center, he does his show, and he has an act. He is a clown.

Plenty of horror movies have gotten good mileage out of keeping their monster just out of sight (Jaws, for example), but it sounds like IT won't be one of those kinds of movies. Andrés Muschietti is directing the adaptation of Stephen King's classic novel, and he said that Pennywise will be a real camera hog. Those who may have been worried that IT would skimp on on the title monster can likely be appeased; you'll get plenty full shots of Pennywise being really creepy and dismembering unlucky victims.

In the novel, It takes several different forms to tease and hunt its prey. It has assumed the guise of a werewolf, a mummy, a leper -- anything that It's chosen target is afraid of. Pennywise is his favorite form though (children let their guards down for clowns, I guessm) and that will be the same for the movie. Andrés Muschietti told Entertainment Weekly that IT will be very disturbingly weird because that's what Pennywise thinks is funny.

It truly enjoys the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt. What's funny to this evil entity might not be funny to everyone else. But he thinks it's funny.

IT is set in the town of Derry, Maine in the 1980's and follows a group of outcasts and rejects who call themselves The Loser's Club. The Losers soon learn that something evil lurks underneath Derry, a wicked child-eating monster that only they are capable of stopping for good. The film stars Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise. A sequel starring the children characters as adults set in modern day is expected to follow soon after.

IT is set to hit theaters on September 8, 2017. For all the latest movie news make sure to keep it here at CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated with new information as soon as it becomes available.

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