As SXSW film festival is currently taking place in Austin, Texas, several new films are showing new teaser trailers and scenes to those at the in attendance. One of the latest reported films to reveal footage is the latest adaptation to the highly-anticipated It film. It, based off of one of Stephen King’s most highly acclaimed novels, is a remake that has been in limbo for a long time. The novel was adapted to a TV mini-series 1990, and although it was not bad by any means a modern re-imagining could be just what the famed story needs.
While the film has been in the process of being made for several years with making no real steps towards an end product until recently, the film will finally be released in September of this year. With that being said, a trailer is likely to be released to the public relatively soon. Until then, fans will have to settle with the teaser trailer’s description, which can be read below:
“The trailer opens with footage of Bill Denbrough making a paper boat for his little brother Georgie. We then move outside, where Georgie is chasing his boat in a rainstorm as it floats next to the curb. Suddenly, Georgie runs right into a street barrier, which knocks him down on the ground. He then watches as his boat sails into a gutter. He runs to the gutter and tries to see if he can see his boat. As he looks deep into the sewers, Pennywise abruptly appears before the screen cuts to black.
Then we are shown the members of the Loser’s Club meeting each other and realizing that they’ve all been seeing the same entity, before one of them finally says “The Clown.” Once that happens, the teaser then moves into its centerpiece, which shows the members of the Loser’s Club looking at pictures on a carousel slide projector that suddenly acquires a life of its own and begins moving through the slides at an increasingly alarming speed. The pictures are of Georgie and his parents, and each slide zooms in on Georgie’s face before cutting to his mother, whose hair is covering her face. As the projector moves from slide to slide, the hair moves out of his mother’s face, and her face is revealed to be that of Pennywise himself.
The trailer then blows through a flurry of shots, as most trailers are known to do. The most striking image from this succession of shots is the unforgettable moment when blood flows out of Beverly’s sink, only in Muschietti’s film it spews out like a geyser and blasts her in the face. There is also a sublime image of Pennywise approaching two of the children (he has them cornered against a wall), but the shot is framed in a way so that only his long, bony fingers fill the screen. The children are in the background, out of focus but clearly terrified.
The teaser ends with Bill walking down into his flooded basement, where Georgie’s ghost taunts him by repeatedly screaming “We all float down here!” before Pennywise rises from the water and rushes at him, in a moment that had the entire audience screaming. It is at this moment that the screen cuts to black and the word “IT” appears on screen.”
While there are many aspects of the description that could only be given justice through visual representation, the trailer sounds like it will be great judging by the description. Although in saying so, it is still hard to tell until the actual trailer can be seen. However, the description of Georgie Denbrough’s death, an iconic scene from both the novel and the 1990 TV mini-series, sounds greatly similar to the previous adaptation which will likely benefit the new film.
In addition to the release of the film’s first teaser trailer, a short two-minute scene was also shown to those in attendance. The scene, featuring Stuttering Bill, Richie, Eddie, and Stan meeting Ben for the first time, is described below:
“We were also treated to a short scene from the film, which takes place right before Ben Hanscom is attacked by Henry Bowers and his gang. The scene shows Bill, Richie, Eddie and Stan at the entrance to the sewers in the Barrens, as they debate on whether or not to go inside. Before they make a decision, they are interrupted by Ben, who abruptly shows up, beaten to a bloody pulp. There wasn’t much to see here, but it did give you a good idea of the chemistry that the children will have in the film. Their banter feels natural and it flows well. Again, it wasn’t much but it was a solid two minutes of footage.”
Unfortunately, the description for the two-minute scene is much shorter and less detailed than the trailer. Regardless, those who are eagerly anticipating the film are given a small amount of information regarding the movie to tide them over until the eventual release of the trailer and release of the film. Although an official release date has yet to be announced, fans can expect the teaser trailer’s release very soon.
The latest adaptation of It will arrive in theaters September 8th, 2017.