Pennywise Lives! Stephen King’s It to get Movie Treatment

You can’t keep an evil clown down. Pennywise isn’t quite so dead, and he’s climbed out of the sewers to score more kids. That is, unless the Losers Club can stop him first. I’m talking about Stephen King’s “It”, of course, a massive tome from the ’80s about a bunch of unpopular kids who ban together to fight an evil clown (yes, an evil clown) named Pennywise that is preying on the kids of their town. Now Warner Bros. is adapting the novel into a movie.

THR has more:

Dave Kajganich has been hired pen the script, which follows a group of kids called the Losers Club that encounter a creature called It, which preys on children and whose favorite form is that of a sadistic clown called Pennywise. When the creature resurfaces, the kids are called upon to regroup again, this time as adults, even though they have no memory of the first battle.

You may recall that ABC already adapted the book into a mini-series back in 1990, starring John Ritter, Harry Anderson, Tim Reid, Annette O’Toole and Richard Thomas, with Tim Curry playing Pennywise the Clown. It was a success, and like the book, was pretty damn scary — at least, until the final act, when the kids-turned-adults had to climb down to the sewer to fight Pennywise on his turf, and as it turns out, Pennywise was actually a big giant…

Well, why ruin the fun? If they keep the ending, you’ll be able to gasp at the awfulness of it yourself when the film lands in theaters. Yes, it’s one of those endings that King’s novels are so infamous for, the kind that makes you question why you even bother if that’s all King was going to give you at the very end.

Lin Pictures and Vertigo Entertainment will produce the adaptation for Warner Bros.

Below: Everybody loves a clown. Until it tries to eat you, that is.