In case you were wondering about the MPAA rating of IT, the big screen remake of the 1990 miniseries which was itself an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of 1986, the official word is that it is rated “R.”
The score is due to “violence/horror, bloody images, and for language.”
This is some relief to fans who wondered if this big budget version starring Bill Skarsgård as the murderous Pennywise the clown would tow the line between lighter fare for the under 18 crowd or let the blood flow for more “mature” audiences.
An “R” rating has always been the goal for director Andres Muschietti. In an interview with Collider in March 2017 he said:
“It is a rated-R movie. If you’re going to make a “Rated-R movie”, you have to fully embrace what it is, and you have to embrace the source material. It is a scary clown that’s trying to kill kids. So of course that’s going to be a rated-R movie.”
IT will hopefully terrify audiences beginning on September 8, 2017: nearly 31 years to the day of the novel’s release.
And if you can’t get enough “IT” stay tuned for the documentary which chronicles the 1990 television series.