Horror hit San Diego Comic-Con today as Warner Bros screened clips and a brand new trailer for Andres Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s IT.
The Twitter account for the child gobbling clown flick also released the following artwork ahead of the new trailers debut next week.
One of the authors most successful books, IT stands at a whopping 1376 pages, and tells the story of a summer spent between seven friends amidst a series of horrific murders being committed by a mysterious clown.
There’s stuttering Bill (played by Midnight Special’s Jaeden Lieberher), wisecracking Richie (Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard), asthma afflicted hypochondriac Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), the heavy set, level headed Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), the object of his unrequited love and tomboy of the group, Beverly (Sophia Lillis), sensible ornithologist, Stan (Wyatt Oleff), and famers son, Mike Hanlon (Chosen Jacobs).
The group come together as The Losers Club, all because they share one thing in common; the fact that they’ve all encountered Pennywise the Clown (Bill Skarsgard).
This first film will deal with their childhood summer of 1957, with a planned sequel focusing on their adult reunion scheduled to begin shooting sometime next year.
Director Muschietti was on hand to introduce three reels of footage (two clips and a new trailer), exclaiming that “It’s a great moment to be alive. Because IT is coming back, after all this time”.
Scene 1 established the group dynamics of The Losers Club, with the boys bonding over a spitting game as Beverly joins them for a swim.
Scene 2 introduced the seventh member, Mike, one of the few black kids in Derry, who’s habitually bullied by the horrifically nasty Henry Bowers. In the scene he has been pursued through Derry by Bowers and his cronies, and having been caught is about to get a severe beating, before The Losers Club intervene with a barrage of rocks.
The scene also featured a glimpse of Skarsgard’s Pennywise, who appears to be a more nightmarish creation than that of Tim Curry’s iconic interpretation, and was also the focus of the trailer. Muschietti said “Pennywise is one of the greatest monsters of all time” and it sounds as though the trailer cranks up our exposure to the clown by focusing on the famous storm drain scene which opens King’s book.
You can read full descriptions of the footage courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
Warner Bros will release IT on September 8th.