New Version of IT to be Rated R

April 6, 2009

The writer of the new adaptation of Stephen King's IT has told the world that it will, in fact, be rated "R." Though the first adaptation from 1990 had some great stuff -- namely, Tim Curry's portrayal of Pennywise the Clown -- its ommission of sex, violence, and other controversial material left it without claws. This won't be a problem with the new film.

Screenwriter Dave Kajganich has revealed a bit about how he envisions his version of IT and how it's going to differ from the original made-for-TV movie. Among other things it's going to have an "R" rating, and this will allow Kajganich to develop the troubled home lives of some of the characters' home lives when they are kids.

Another change is the time period: rather than have the kids in the Losers Club be kids in the '60s and adults in the '80s, they're now going to be kids in the '80s and adults in the present:

I plan to be very protective of the book. The reality, though, is that WB wants to do this as a single film, so I will have to kill a few darlings to make that happen. You have my promise, though, that I will do this with the utmost humility and respect for King's work. He's the King, after all, and I intend to continue to pledge to him my allegiance.

Sounds like the project is in good hands. It'd be nice to find out who's going to direct this horror masterpiece. The first adaptation from 1990 suffered from a few problems -- namely, terrible acting, terrible writing and, yes, terrible directing. There needs to be more to the new version than a terrifying clown and grisly acts of violence.

But it's nice to hear it's going to be rated R, because grisly violence is an integral part of IT. Wonder if they've considered getting Curry back to play Pennywise. I certainly wouldn't object to that.

Anyone you have in mind to play the clown from hell?

Source: Warner Bros. Television