In 1986, Stephen King released a book called It about a thing which manifests as a clown and menaces a group of children who later return to battle it again as adults.
I didn't read the book at the time (being about 3 years old) but I did spy the TV miniseries which released in 1990 and - like many of my era - was scarred for life by Tim Curry's take on the clown-looking monster.
I mean, look at this thing!
Now there's a new adaptation of the book on the way, which is set to update the timeline - presumably to modern times for the adult portion and the 80s or so for the kids. Like the miniseries, it will be split into two parts, with the two feature films focussing on the kids and adults sides respectively.
True Detective helmer Cary Fukunaga is on board as director and has also been working on the scripts, gearing up for a shoot beginning in June 2015. There's no main cast yet announced but word is reaching is that they're seeking out Will Poulter for Pennywise the clown/thing.
Poulter's probably best known right now as the younger kid in We're the Millers and also appeared in Son of Rambow and The Maze Runner. He's English, he's 22 and he did a bleedin' deadly Dublin accent in the recent drama Glassland opposite Jack Reynor.
Most obviously, he's more than 20 years younger than Curry was when he took on the part of the creepy clown but apparently Fukunaga saw some of the kids material from Alejandro González Iñárritu's upcoming The Revenant and asked Poulter to audition. And the Hammersmith born actor blew everyone away with his take on Pennywise.
Personally, I think that sounds just fabulous. It's a strong departure for Poulter who is starting to show some real acting chops, and will help to distance this new version from the original, something which many adaptations fail to do. We'll have to wait and see how the rest of the cast shapes up as this inches towards release.
There's no release date yet for the remake of It - more as we get it.