While the early trailers for IT have nodded at some notable moments from Stephen King's popular work, we already know going into this weekend's release that the new movie will make some changes from the book, as well. Luckily, Stephen King has already seen the new IT and revealed that he likes the movie. Regardless, prior to his open approval online, King also reached out to IT director Andy Muschietti and approved the changes made from the book to the screen. Muschietti said in a recent interview:
I sent him a handwritten letter, asking for forgiveness, for all the creative license I had taken. He saw the movie and his reaction was immediate. He wrote me an email expressing how much he had liked it and that I shouldn't worry because all the changes were approved.
That's right, Stephen King, a busy writer and businessman, went out of his way to give the IT creative team the ultimate seal of approval, shooting Andy Muschietti an email explaining that the changes to his original story were OK in his book. Of course, it is common for movies to make changes to book products, often to show something that is explained in the books or to streamline the story in some way, but we already know IT's changes will need to go quite a bit further, namely because the book shifts between the adults and the kids in The Losers Club and the movie will only focus on the kids, with a sequel already being planned.
Andy Muschietti and his sister and IT partner Barbara Muschietti have been quite open about their love of Stephen King in the weeks leading up to the release of the new movie. They also told Deadline that they went to Bangor, Maine, where King lives, early on in the creative process, just to get a feel for what it was like. That's the sort of dedication you'd expect from a team of people who really don't want to fuck up one of their idol's most popular projects.
They're gonna like the characters. To me, it's all about character. If you like the characters... if you care... the scares generally work.
So, if you are fond of Bill, Ben, Bev, Richie, Mike, Eddie and Stan, you're probably going to like them in IT, which you can catch in theaters in the U.S. starting on September 8. To take a look at what else is heading to theaters in September--and there's quite a bit of exciting stuff--check out our full premiere schedule.