Exclusive: More on the IT Remake! Rated R?

More on Stephen King's IT RemakeHeard from Dave Kajganich, the writer of the upcoming theatrical remake of Stephen King’s IT, recently, and he was kind enough to give us an update on how this massive story is being streamlined into one film.

“The remake will be set in the mid-1980s and in the present almost equally — mirroring the twenty-odd-year gap King uses in the book — and with a *great* deal of care and attention paid to the backstories of all the characters,” says Kajganich. “I think the real twist here is that my pitch to WB — which they’ve assured me they’re on board for — is that this will not be PG-13. This will be R. Which means we can really honor the book and engage with the traumas (both the paranormal ones and those they deal with at home and school) that these character endure.”

“I plan to be very protective of the book,” Kajganich continues. “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.”

He had me at rated R. Dave has also assured us that even though what happens to the script is out of his control once he turns it in, the producers are top notch and willing to go to bat to bring the above to fruition. Look for more on IT soon!

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  • kiddcapone

    IT is probably my favorite book of all-time. I’d love to see them finally do an R rated version. But, I also think it will be near impossible to assemble a cast as great as the mini-series. Every single actor was perfectly cast, from Harry Anderson, to John Ritter, to Tim Curry. Everyone was exactly how I pictured them while reading the book and turned in excellent performances.

  • FilmCritic3000

    This sounds good. Hopefully it’ll come to fruition exactly as he wants it to.

  • Feenix

    Why? Why set it in the 80’s and then the present? That’s a big change I’m not happy with. That’s not to say I think it’ll suck, but it doesn’t bode well.

  • Cash Bailey

    Nope. Can’t be done.

  • Mr. Dark

    Shall we start the pool on ‘how will they dodge the completely un-filmable climax (no pun intended) to the book’? R rating or not, I don’t think there’s any chance of them trying for the original.

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    • Morgan Elektra

      What? You don’t think the WB wants to market a film with 12 year old girls having sex with multiple partners? Preposterous!

      Though after reading this, I’m slightly (only slightly!) hopeful about this. Just depends on which little darlings he decides to kill I guess.