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Stephen King's It adaptation

It.jpgSometimes remakes sound like a good idea, and the idea of remaking Stephen King's It (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) for the big screen is a good one, although let's face it this isn't so much a remake as an adaptation as what came before was a very long mini-series, too long in fact.

So now writer Dave Kajganich has been tasked with the job of adapting the book for the cinema. Who's he you may ask? Well he's the writer of The Invasion and Creek, so he has a grounding in horror thrillers.

The news is spreading like wildfire as every gets all excited about the new adaptation, and yes I'm more than happy to classify it as that rather than a remake because the writer will no doubt be going back to the novel and remaking a mini-series that ran for that length is just not really an option.

Dave Kajganich has a couple of other writing jobs according to The Hollywood Reporter story. He's also writing Plan B a Pet Semetary remake.

Hold up, a remake of Pet Semetary? Do you think that with the resurgence of Clive Barker that they're turning to another master of horror in the written word who has undoubtedly been hit with the unfavourable end of the adaptation stick? The adaptations to Stephen King's novels so far have been dubious, okay The Shining was superb and I'll give you Carrie, then it struggles down to Cujo and The Running Man and down and down. However the two mini-series stand out as some of the strongest, The Stand and It.

Of course that might all change with Eli Roth's adaptation of Cell, but for now we could be looking at a great adaptation and rework of the mini-series that I still think is rather good. Sure it's dated, but it captures a lot about the novel, and some of the scenes are utterly creepy - Tim Curry played his role as the clown creature superbly.

The story is set in 1958 and 1985. In 1958 a group of kids discover that a creature called Pennywise is taking the shape of a clown and praying on the children of the town. Striking fear into the hearts of the kids and parents, they seem to be the only ones who know what's really behind it all. They band together to defeat it in 1958.

Cut to 1985 and the horror is returning. Strangely the kids who fought it, now adults with their own lives, have forgotten everything about it, but as the danger returns so does their memory and the realisation that they must all return to the town and fight the creature once again.

The 1958 story is revealed in flashbacks as the adults realise what once happened to them and their town and embark on the dangerous task. It's a great story, and one that really did horrify and grip me at the time.

I think it'll be great to see it on the big screen, it does depend who picks up the project though, I'd love to see a big name give it a decent treatment.

What of Pet Semetary? That original film was a scary one anyway, and the idea of a man burying his family in a cemetery that brings beings back to life is a freaky and terrifying one.

Does this mark a return to the big screen for King's works? Could we see a building towards some of his best novels coming to the cinema? Could we perhaps even see The Dark Tower made into a film or two?



Lets hope it's done well!

They're going to struggle to fit this into a film. Even for the 6 hours mini-series, a ton of stuff had to be cut.

Not sure you can say King's adaptations have been that bad - Stand By Me, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist have all been great and stayed true to the source.

Yep, okay you're spot on and I didn't even think of the newer adaptations, I went straight back to the old ones. Good call there, thanks for that.

I think you are right though, it's a massive story to make it to a film, even three hours.

Stand By Me, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile are definitely some of the best films to come from Stephen King books. But the first two weren't from stories as long as IT, probably part of the reason they succeeded.

I reckon his longer novels do better as TV series, like The Stand and Salem's Lot. I didn't mind the two part mini series of IT, but I didn't like the swapping of the turtle for a large spider.

They have their work cut out making IT into a film long enough to cover it all, and short enough to make it watchable.

Yeah but the problem with the mini-series is budget. Imagine making Dark Tower as a mini-series with a budget of Band of Brothers compared to a budget of It.

Those are two very different mini-series. So while I would agree with you, I fear that the budget allocation for a King mini-series is more like It than Band of Brothers and so I want a film version.

If it was a Band of Brothers budget then I'd go for the mini-series.


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