The year was 1990. I remember it well, the images seared into my very young-at-the-time brain. A paper boat floating down a street, a painted face, a red balloon. You know where I’m going with this.
It has been 27 years since It, Stephen King’s classic horror-novel-turned-two-part-miniseries, was first released. That is 27 years since we first peered down the storm drain, 27 years since we were implored to “take it“, 27 years since we all came face-to-face with our deepest fears — and now, nearly three decades later, it is time for us to meet It again.
Yes, Pennywise the clown, Stephen King’s terrifying personification of fear, returns to the big screen September 8th, and the five-year old child inside of me is totally freaking out. She’s not the only one, either. Early estimates are already suggesting that It may break some box-office records. In fact, Andres Muschietti’s reprisal already broke the record for most-viewed trailer in 24 hours, beating out the previous title holder, Fate of the Furious, by 58 million views.
It is off to a good start, if you ask me.
Don’t let the disappointing impact of King’s more recent adaptation, The Dark Tower, fool you, either. While The Dark Tower only brought in about $19 million during its opening weekend, The Hollywood Reporter is projecting that It could make $50 million in its first three days — making the film the biggest September release on record. Warners is more cautious with its estimate, placing the reprisal more in the $40-45 million range, considering September is a traditionally slow month and, also, the fact that the film is rated R.
Does this latest interpretation of It have a lot to live up to? Absolutely. Will Bill Skarsgård’s Pennywise be as iconic as Tim Curry’s? Probably not. Curry is pretty hard to beat, as far as icons go. But, will Muschietti’s It be creepy as all living hell? Well, if the chill sent down my spine by merely the trailer is any indication, then the answer to that is a resounding yes.
Does an extra shiver quiver its way down my spine when I remember that it has been 27 years since Pennywise first appeared on our screens, and that 27 years is the exact amount of time he lies dormant before re-appearing over and over to terrorize Derry? You know it does.
Alright, before I delve even further into the world of teasers and trivia, let’s look at some odds for the 2017 revival of Stephen King’s It.
O/U on box-office gross for opening weekend: $48.5 million
Odds Part II of the It novel also becomes a movie: 1/4
The producer of It (2017), Dan Lin, has spoken about the production company’s desire to continue the story into adulthood, in the same manner as the novel did. He cites needing the fan’s to respond well to this one before they really know if they will respond well to the second half, but with the hype and anticipation already surrounding It, we can expect them to carry the story on.
Odds that It Part II is released by the end of 2018: 5/1
Film director Andres Muschietti has revealed to Variety that the plan is to have a script by spring 2018. It is more likely that we will see a second instalment to the story in 2019 than by the end of 2018.
You guys, Hollywood’s got our number and they just keep rolling us up. They know our love of nostalgia will keep us in those seats, no matter how many times we walk away exclaiming how much better the original was. They know that we are willing to risk total disappointment (and our money) for a shot at feelin’ that lovin’ feelin’ again. They know that people are going to keep going to see the new Spiderman movie, no matter how many times they restart the damn franchise.
That being said, every so often a movie reprisal does come along that truly hits the mark and gives us the energy to get through all the others. Let’s look at the odds for a few of those hopefuls.
Taking a sharp left turn from the Derry, Oregon, we have Disney’s The Lion King, the next in their line of “live-action” remakes. (“Live action” in quotes as the film will not be live action in any technical sense — the animals will all be CGI, much like Disney’s previous reboot of The Jungle Book.) This is fantastic news for those of us who grew up on Hakuna Matata. The original animated film saw huge success back in 1994 (pulling in around $940 million worldwide), and it has already been adapted for the Broadway stage.
Slated for release mid-July 2019, we can expect to hear some familiar voices with Donald Glover, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen and John Oliver joining the cast — not to mention, the one and only, James Earl Jones returning as Mufasa.
Odds that Beyoncé will play Nala: 1/3
Of course Queen B is director Jon Favreau’s top choice — who else would be? It is rumored that Favreau and the studio are willing to do whatever it takes to accommodate Beyoncé’s busy schedule, and it is also rumored that they are already in negotiations.
Odds of the movie features an original song by Beyoncé: 11/8
If Beyoncé is on the crew, Beyoncé had better be giving us something new. The ever-savvy business woman that she is, you can expect Bey to try to get her name on an original track, pulling in even more of those sweet, sweet royalty monies.
Fans of the big-budget B-movie rejoice! Thanks to director Adam Wingard, the iconic beasts are coming back for one more fight, and this time we have been promised a victor. Wingard obviously hasn’t disclosed who the best beast will be, but he has gone on record admitting that the original film (released in 1962) left too much room for debate regarding whether Godzilla or King Kong truly won the fight. This time around he hopes to settle the score once and for all.
Odds of Godzilla vs. Kong being in theatres before summer 2020: 1/3
While we are still several years away from this battle becoming reality, we can expect the studio to push it as an early summer blockbuster.
Odds of Godzilla coming out on top: 4/9
Traditionally, Americans are more likely to say Kong was the “winner” of the original battle, while Japanese people are more likely to say it was Godzilla. We all have our biases, right? Wingard has kept his mouth shut regarding his own thus far, however a quick perusal of his Twitter account and other passion projects has us leaning pretty strongly to the ‘Zilla side of things.
O/U on how many false endings the movie will have: 2.5
If a winner is what we want, you know they are going to make us wait for it.
Odds that Scarface makes it to theatres for August 10, 2018: 1/4
While I don’t want the studio to just fill a void with any old director, I am sure there are many people who would love a shot at remaking one of the all-time greats. Whether or not something worthwhile comes out of it, well, we will have to wait and see.
Odds of Universal Studios making Scarface a franchise: 9/1
There is some concern in the film community that Universal will attempt to do with Scarface what movie studios seem to do with everything else these days — franchise it. Now, I wouldn’t put it completely past them; however that would be stretching the story so damn thin. And, honestly, it would just cheapen the remake far too much.
And, just for fun, here are some movie reprisals that we would happily throw our money at (regardless of the outcome!) and the odds they will come to pass.
The Goonies: 1/4
Child’s Play: 3/10
Sixteen Candles: 1/3
Weekend at Bernie’s: 4/9
Stand By Me: 4/9
Time Bandits: 5/4
The Addams Family: 3/1
The Sound of Music: 4/1
Breakfast at Tiffany’s: 10/1
Photo: Carl Glover (Flickr) [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/]
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