It remake to be R-rated?
The latest news about the remake of the mini-series adapted from Stephen King's horror novel It has arrived and I'm totally in two minds about what it means for the film, something good or something bad.
The screenwriter has revealed that the go-ahead is there to write the story for a U.S. R-rating, which means plenty of blood, gore, and psychological horror too.
Now while that might excite some straight away, I find it concerning if the first thing to get an audience excited about a project is the fact that it will be R-rated. What about story, plot, characters, actors, director? All we have so far is the name of the screenwriter, Dave Kajganich.
"I think the real twist here is that my pitch to WB -- which they've assured me they're on board for -- is that this will not be PG-13. This will be R. Which means we can really honor the book and engage with the traumas (both the paranormal ones and those they deal with at home and school) that these character endure."
Okay, that's interesting news, and the way he sells it sounds like he's going to be given the leeway to make it as per the novel, lot's of blood and gore. However that shouldn't be the first thing that gets us excited should it? After all there are plenty of R-rated films that are complete rubbish because they are chasing the blood and gore aspect over anything.
However to be fair Dave Kajganich puts us on the right track with that too.
"The remake will be set in the mid-1980s and in the present almost equally -- mirroring the twenty-odd-year gap King uses in the book -- and with a *great* deal of care and attention paid to the backstories of all the characters...I plan to be very protective of the book...
...The reality, though, is that WB wants to do this as a single film, so I will have to kill a few darlings to make that happen. You have my promise, though, that I will do this with the utmost humility and respect for King's work. He's the King, after all, and I intend to continue to pledge to him my allegiance."
Now I did think that was coming, I was finding it hard to see how that size of a book that came to life so well through a huge mini-series was going to make it all to the big screen in one single film, even if they stretched it to three hours.
However it does sound like he's going to try and deliver something akin to King's original, and that he's going to pay it careful attention. I hope that's true.
Of course if we remember what Hollywood is like we'll know that one screenwriter does not often make the final script, there could be a couple more before the director approves it, and then there's the director himself to come. This could change in so many ways before it gets to the big screen.