If you were a fan of anything past Tim Curry’s performance in the ‘It‘ miniseries then you might not like what is coming in Andrés Muschietti’s take on Stephen King’s famous novel. The director wasn’t a huge fan of the original miniseries and while he understands its cultural impact, apparently he doesn’t feel that it lives up to the quality of the novel. This is something that will either turn fans away or make many of us quite happy with the direction which he’ll be taking his adaptation.
Here is what Muschietti had to say about it in an interview with SFX Magazine:
“To be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of the miniseries. I was not a child anymore when it came out in 1990. So my attachment was very much to the book and to the world of Stephen King more than the miniseries.”
While on the one hand that might be painful to fans of Curry’s performance, on the other anyone who watches it now would likely complain about the acting and just about anything unrelated to the iconic clown. Speaking of the series being iconic:
“I totally acknowledge how iconic that miniseries was for a generation. But also you have to say that it impacted that generation because they saw it with very young eyes as a TV movie or on VHS. A lot of people don’t remember the whole thing, but they are terrified of the iconic scenes of the clown behind the sheets in the beginning and the storm drain.”
Many fans of the novel will tell you exactly how short much of the miniseries did come up on telling the entire story. There are moments of terror and dread which actually could have bled through on screen but being made for TV and in the 90s era meant that it just wasn’t possible to show them. Thankfully, it sounds as if Muschietti will be delivering what the novel had promised when the film premieres later this year.
If Muschietti can capture the terror from the story, then I am all for whatever changes he ends up making in his own film.
Are you looking forward to a new take on Stephen King’s ‘It’? Do you feel that not liking the miniseries could benefit the direction of the film? Share your thoughts below!