It director Andy Muschietti is more than happy to play in Stephen King’s toy chest for a little longer once he’s through unleashing Pennywise the Clown on 2017 audiences. In fact, he and his producing partner Barbara already have another King classic in mind for a cinematic update. Adjust your nightlight purchases accordingly.
Muschietti was interviewed by the insane headline vendors at the Toronto Sun about his upcoming take on the previously adapted 1986 novel. Things eventually shifted to another King project Muschietti is bullish on.
“We’re huge fans of Pet Sematary,” Muschietti told the Sun. “If we can get our hands on that and do the Pet Sematary we want to do, that will be something. One day, maybe.”
Chatter about a Pet Sematary remake has been around for a good chunk of the ’10s, but if things pan out with It (read: without the critical panning and limp box office greeting The Dark Tower received) why not green light another King-driven joint.
Muschietti also laid out how Bill Skarsgård’s take on It‘s Pennywise the Clown will be different than Tim Curry’s. In his view, this Pennywise is a “much more dangerous” proposition.
“Andy and I read the book and we didn’t see the TV version with Tim Curry until much, much later. So for us, our imagining of Pennywise was different,” Muschietti says. “It wasn’t the Tim Curry version, which was fantastic and super scary. But to us, Pennywise was a different character.
“I think our interpretation presents a vaster creature. It’s not, ‘OK, here’s this scary clown.’ The way we’re doing it is much more dangerous. Also, we get a hint of what Pennywise’s Achilles’ heel is. I don’t like supervillains, or superheroes that are completely infallible because that’s very boring. You want to feel that there’s something to crack. Also it’s good to understand how Pennywise happens. There will be more of that in the sequel.”
It is currently slated for release and nightmare stoking on September 8.