First Look at Pennywise The Clown in the ‘It’ Remake is Terrifying

By June 30, 2016

In case you didn’t already know, or have tried to block it from your memory from sheer terror, It is currently being remade. After losing original director Cary Funkanga over an “offensive, conventional script”, the film has since found a new director in Andy Muschietti, and even recently found its new Pennywise The Clown in Hemlock Grove‘s Bill Skarsgard, who will take a swing at giving a new take on the iconic, horrifying clown originally portrayed by Tim Curry in the 1990s TV adaptation.

Production on the film has officially begun as well, and we’ve gotten our first look/tease at what Pennywise is going to look like in the new film, and not only does it look like a radical remix of the character, but something that’ll restart the fear of clowns in all of us once again. Because you probably just got over that rain gutter scene in the original It too, didn’t you?

Muschietti teased Pennywise’s new look in the film on Instagram and oh boy, this should be fun:

I’ll be honest and say that the concept art is very reminiscent of Twisted Metal upon first glance, but the sketch makes Pennywise’s hair seem more reminiscent of flames than anything else, and he definitely looks more sinister right away than Tim Curry’s version did, which was basically just a deceivingly normal-looking clown. 

In addition to the concept art revealed above as well, Muschietti also celebrated the beginning of production on the film with two new images from its set, including one shot of a very memorable set of red balloons and the reveal of the remake’s new logo. Check them out below:

Day one A photo posted by Andy Muschietti (@andy_muschietti) on

Considering that Stephen King’s original description of Pennywise’s face in the novel was so terrifying that it destroyed George Denbrough’s sanity in “one clawing stroke,” I’d say that if you can’t have Tim Curry playing it this time around, then they’d have to do some kind of radical revamp instead. Though I imagine the much scarier and over-the-top version will probably rub some fans the wrong way, since this is essentially the previous version of Pennywise, but turned up to eleven with elements of a Twisted Metal character thrown in.

At this point though, I’m just interested in seeing how the movie manages to bounce back from all of its production troubles and setbacks, if it does at all. In terms of Stephen King adaptations currently in the works, this is probably the one I’m most skeptical about right now, and it seems like I might be right in feeling that way.

The It remake is set to hit theatres on September 8th, 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable