The movie IT may be opening this weekend to rave reviews, but those who can’t wait are settling for the 1990 miniseries instead.
A spokesman for Fandango tells us the rental of “IT,” starring Tim Curry, has broken the top twenty of their premium digital video service, FandangoNOW.
One reason for the comeback could be that fans want to compare the Curry Pennywise to the Skarsgard one. Each performance is nuanced, but it could be those differences that fans want to pick apart and appreciate.
“With IT fever popping around the country, fans are now anxious to relive the original’s thrills and chills at home before running off to the theater to see if Bill Skarsgard as the new Pennywise has the ‘fright stuff,'” Managing Editor for Fandango, Erik Davis, told iHorror, adding, “And it’s cool to see the original production, just like the title character, making an unexpected comeback 27 years later.”
The fact that it has been nearly 30 years since the TV movie aired means that recent generations may not have seen it, and that could stir interest especially ahead of the opening of the recent film.
Heading over to IMDb, the popularity of the Tim Curry film has seen a jump of nearly 500-percent, while ticket sales for the reboot are making history as the biggest pre-sale event in history overtaking Paranormal Activity 3 for the top spot reports Fandango.
IT, starring Bill Skarsgard makes its US debut on September 8 nationwide.