One of this year’s biggest hits with a worldwide haul of over $683 million, It is headed to Blu-ray and DVD on January 19 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, It centers on a group of kids who face off against an evil clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). The flick stars Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip), and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things). The sequel to It, which is set 27 years after the events of the original, is set for a January 6, 2019 release.
Click on the media bar to hear Stephen King talk about how he’s already watched It a second time (King was absolutely pleased with the theatrical version of It).
Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions come with three featurettes (“The Losers’ Club,” “Author of Fear,” “Pennywise Lives!”) and deleted scenes.
While the term writer-director is a normal combination in the filmmaking business, few craftsmen are both writers and producers. Seth Grahame-Smith, producer of It, has also penned the screenplays for The LEGO Batman Movie and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Both he and collaborator David Katzenberg (they banded together for 2011’s The Hard Times of RJ Berger) spent six years developing It, and even though the reception for the movie has been great, they are not counting their chickens before they’re hatched.
“We don’t take anything for granted. We are the two most superstitious people in the entertainment industry,” said Grahame- Smith. “I’m happy that the reactions are favorable so far. I’m encouraged. I know that we are proud of the movie. I know we worked hard on the movie. Of course the number one thing for us is that we want to be well received. We want to be part of an enduring, well received Stephen King adaptation. That’s the whole point of this.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Grahame-Smith talk about the first time he read It and why Stephen King is “the most important writer” in his life (Katzenberg is also heard in the clip):
It, starringBill Skarsgård as Pennywise, opens nationwide September 8.
Director Eli Roth (Hostel) serves as a producer on the new Netflix series Hemlock Grove, a project based on the novel by Brian McGreevy.
The story centers on the murder of a young girl and its effects on the denizens of a Pennsylvania steel town. Was the killer a werewolf who is actually one of the citizens of the neighborhood? This mystery/thriller, which Eli Roth describes as a “monstrous Twin Peaks,” stars Famke Janssen, Dougray Scott and Bill Skarsgard.
Click on the media bar below to hear Mr. Roth talk about how he developed Hemlock Grove.