It director shares production images featuring Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard
Among a handful of eerie-looking storyboard sketches, one of which reveals a very Stranger Things-esque boy with a bicycle and the words “thrusts his fists against the post”, are some very symbolic props and settings, such as the wrought iron gate with the number 29 at its centre, which fans of the It book will know alludes to 29 Neibolt; the location where Bill and Richie encounter the demonic Pennywise entity in the form of a homeless man addled with leprosy, and then later as a werewolf.
We also get to see pictures of Bill Denbrough’s 28-inch Schwinn bicycle, Silver, and the signage of Jackson St intersecting with Witcham St (“The boat bobbed, listed, righted itself again, dived bravely through treacherous whirlpools, and continued on its way down Witcham Street toward the traffic light which marked the intersection of Witcham and Jackson”).
Perhaps most squeal-worthy of Muschietti’s sneak peek images is of young star Finn Wolfhard, who’s best known for his role as Mike Wheeler in Netflix sensation Stranger Things. This time in the role of Richie Tozier, played by Seth Green in the 1990 TV movie, Wolfhard’s retro appearance puts our minds at ease that the new film will indeed pay homage to the analogue feel of the original, and his acting chops from what we’ve seen so far has us confident that this is going to be one quality production.
[As a necessary side note, the similarity between Wolfhard’s two most recent projects (with both focussing on children who go missing under highly suspicious and supernatural circumstances, and both taking place in an ’80s setting) is not lost on us.]
With Muschietti paying such fan service through his selection of which images to preview via Instagram, we’re confident that the new It will be a fitting tribute to the classic original.
Sadly we horror fans still have a while to wait until we can see it all come together on the big screen, as It isn’t due in cinemas until September 8th 2017.
Nevertheless, we look forward to seeing more updates and images as they come.