I watched the 1990 ABC mini-series featuring Tim Curry as Pennywise The Clown. I tracked down the mini-series immediately after I finished the book, so I was still kind of young when I first saw it. While some stuff got under my skin, I found the overall product not that great, just with several Stephen King adaptations. I also think the mini-series as aged TERRIBLY and it just never was the book. The book was disturbing, vicious, and unrelenting. When we watch "IT" we should be getting a visceral reaction from something happening to The Losers Club, whether its from Pennywise or the horrible bullies that torment them. The audience should be shook to the core, and as good as Tim Curry was, the script he had was terrible.
For the movie version, the two-part film will be directed by Cary Fukunaga, who directed HBO's "True Detective" and I have read in several interviews that Warner Bros wants to adapt the viciousness of the book, something an ABC mini-series couldn't do. I think Fukunaga is the right guy for the job, because some parts of "True Detective" were vicious and other parts were creepy. Other parts were just flat-out strange, and the book "IT" got pretty weird at times. So I look forward to seeing what Fukunaga brings to the table.
Now I am even more curious now that we have our Pennywise...
Now I know what your thinking, he looks young, but Poulter is 22. Now that isn't super-young, but it still is kind of young. Like several of you, I was expecting Pennywise to be in their late 30's, possibly even their 40's. For those of you not familiar with Will Poulter, he recently starred in last year's "The Maze Runner," a movie I was not expecting to like as much as I did. He was also the virgin boy Jason Sudiekis recruits in "We're The Millers." Even though those are his two most recent movies, Poulter has been acting since he was a boy. I highly recommend tracking down "Son of Rambow" and the third "Chronicles of Narnia" movie. This guy has been able to act for awhile now, and I think based on his talent, he could pull off the role. Yeah, I am telling you Poulter isn't some fluke, he truly is one of the great actors of his generation.
Plus, I have been looking through his photos on Google and I can see how he could potentially be creepy in clown make-up. Just look at his face...sheesh.
So even though its a surprising casting choice, I am intrigued. Cary Fukunaga made a great first season of "True Detective" and I think he saw something truly special in Poulter to want to cast him. No matter what, it can't be any worse than this...