Because the world isn’t already terrifying enough, what with all the deadly diseases and equally dangerous dessert lasagnas floating around, It is being remade. Stephen King’s book, which was turned into a 1990 made-for-TV movie starring Tim Curry as the terror factory that is Pennywise, will terrify a new generation with Hemlock Grove‘s Bill Skarsgård as the lead can’t-sleep-clown-will-eat-me. It’s been a troubled production (no pun intended?), with original director Cary Fukunaga leaving the project over an “inoffensive, conventional script” (he’s since been replaced by Andy Muschietti), but the film’s scheduled for a September 8, 2017 release date. I’m scared already.
You should be, too, because Muschietti shared a design on Instagram of what the new Pennywise will look like, and it’s the stuff of nightmares.
Just when I got over my fear of the clown from Twisted Metal… Here’s how Stephen King described Pennywise in the novel: “Then the clown’s face changed. And what little George Denbrough saw next was terrible enough to make his worst imaginings of the things in the basement look like sweet, angelic dreams; what he saw destroyed his sanity in one clawing stroke. And George knew no more…” Yeah, I think Muschietti’s concept art will do.