Late last month, we reported that production has finally began on New Line Cinema’s adaptation of Stephen King’s beloved novel IT, which will be split into a two-part movie. The first movie will follow a group of kids known as the Losers Club, who band togethr to fight off a an evil clown known as Pennywise. The second movie brings back the same characters as adults, as IT emerges once again and the Losers Club must defeat him once and for all. With production continuing this week, we have new photos that show how a town in Ontario, Canada is being transformed into Derry, Maine from the iconic novel.
Northumberland News reveals that production is set to start in Port Hope, Ontario Canada today, with filming slated to last in the town until Monday, July 18. Naturally, the town underwent a number of cosmetic changes to transform itself into Derry, Maine, with these images also confirming what year the first movie is set in. One of the photos shows that the marquee on the Port Hope Capitol Theatre has been changed to show that Batman and Lethal Weapon 2 are playing in this theater, indicating that the movie adaptation is set in the year 1989.
The photos also feature a massive Paul Bunyan statue, along with a number of local shops having new storefronts put up for the production. We had reported in February that shooting has shifted from New York to California, after the production had secured a tax credit from the state, but it seems that some of the exteriors will be shot in the town of Port Hope, Ontario. Since production is only slated to take place in the town for a week, it’s possible the rest of the filming will shift to California after they wrap in Ontario.
Bill Skarsgard is starring as the iconic clown Pennywise, with Jaeden Lieberher playing the leader of The Losers Club, Bill Denbrough. Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor play the rest of the Losers Club members, with Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor playing one of the bullies who torments the Losers Club. It has already been confirmed that this adaptation will be R-rated, with New Line setting a September 8, 2017 release date.
Andres Muschietti (Mama) is directing from a script most recently written by Gary Doberman. Andres Muschietti stepped in to replace Cary Fukunaga back in July, after he left the project due to creative differences. Roy Lee is producing alongside Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin, David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith. Take a look at some of the photos from the IT movie set, and visit Northumberland News to check out the rest.
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