Pleasant nightmares: today marks the release of Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel It. (It’s fine.) The book was previously adapted into a mini-series in 1990, starring Rocky Horror Picture Show icon Tim Curry in the role of Pennywise, a sadistic inter-dimensional being disguised as a clown who tortures a group of childhood friends, manipulating them with their own deepest insecurities. Bill Skarsgard — yes, part of the famous Skarsgard family — takes over the role of Pennywise in the updated film. While we look forward to seeing how the new movie compares to the Curry-starring adaptation, it’s time to revisit the 1990 release with a few facts about its production.
Filmmaker George A. Romero (who previously worked with King on Creepshow) almost directed It, but had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict: he was producing the 1990 remake of his classic Night of the Living Dead.