Stephen King's IT has been a beloved horror novel from the very beginning. However, it was the 1990 adaptation that made Pennywise the clown a horror icon. Now, a new documentary will take a deep-dive look at the 1990 adaptation, which was done as a two-part miniseries that more or less serves as two short movies or one long movie. The second trailer for Pennywise: The Story of IT promises an awful lot for hardcore horror and Stephen King fans.
The trailer was released by Dead Mouse Productions and, though it isn't what one would call flashy, as it mostly just revolves around cheap animations and text on a screen, what the trailer spells out does sound of interest to many. This new IT documentary will include tons of interviews with the cast and crew, new photos from the making of the miniseries, as well as exclusive behind the scenes footage. If you have a fondness for Tim Curry's portrayal of Pennywise the clown, that could make this documentary well-worth your time. But it is a little hard to tell, since they include very little actual footage in this teaser. Here's what to expect, according to the makers of the documentary.
"Pennywise: The Story of IT' is a feature length documentary from the makers of 'RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop' and 'You're so cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night'. Featuring over 40 interviews with the cast and crew (including Tim Curry) of Tommy Lee Wallace's 1990 TV classic 'Stephen King's IT.' This documentary will explore the legacy of the show as well as the cultural impact that Pennywise has had on a generation of fans. With hours of never-before-seen behind the scenes footage and exclusive photos 'Pennywise' will be the ultimate celebration of this much loved classic and will also be a lasting tribute to the remarkable work of the one of cinema's greatest character actors Mr. Tim Curry."
Even if this doesn't have the most amazing production value, the timing couldn't really be better. Director Andy Muschietti's movie adaptation of IT wound up becoming a cultural phenomenon last year, ultimately grossing $700 million at the worldwide box office and becoming the highest-grossing horror movie ever. While there are many factors that contributed to the success, a certain amount of the initial excitement as no doubt fueled by the nostalgia and love many have for the 1990 version of IT.
There's also Bill Skarsgard's instantly iconic take on Pennywise, which wouldn't really have been possible without what Tim Curry did before him. Andy Muschietti even snuck Curry's Pennywise into the IT movie as a doll in one scene. So IT is as popular as it has ever been, and many horror fans are feeling a little impatient while waiting for IT: Chapter 2 to get underway, which is set for release on September 6, 2019. This documentary could help fill the void. Be sure to check out the trailer for Pennywise: The Story of IT, courtesy of the Dead Mouse Productions YouTube channel, for yourself below.