We All Float Down Here - Stephen King's "It"

We All Float Down Here: SXSW Gets Footage of Stephen King’s ‘It’!
Christina Barraza

Those who attended SXSW in Austin, TX over the weekend got to see an exclusive first look at the teaser trailer for the new adaptation of Stephen King’s IT.  With Andrés Muschietti (Mama) at the helm, we have been eagerly awaiting to see how this film would treat a beloved classic. While the trailer and additional footage hasn’t been released to the public yet, the buzz from the festival has been predominately positive.

While all reports are similar, the general consensus of the footage shown at SXSW reveal scenes that are easily recognizable if you have seen the 1990 version – most notably, the gutter scene with little Georgie Denbrough as he chases his paper sail boat down the sewer only to come across Pennywise waiting. After all these years, that scene still makes me think twice about going near sewer drains. Unfortunately, we still have to wait and see how Bill Skarsgård (Hemlock Grove, Allegiant) will sound as Pennywise.

Earlier this month, we learned that Stephen King was able to see a screening of the film. Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), who plays Richie Tozier, posted a screenshot of an email written by King’s assistant, Marsha DeFillippo to Instagram. And by the message it seems like King is pleased with the results so far:

“Steve asked me to pass along that he saw a screening of IT today and wanted to let everyone know that they should stop worrying about it as the producers have done a wonderful job with the production.”

IT follows the same story of the original.  It is a two-parter about a group of kids who try to figure out the mystery behind why children in their small town of Derry, Maine begin to disappear, and as they go up against an entity that takes the form of the evil clown, Pennywise.

The first part of IT is set to be released on September 8, 2017.