Written by John Squires
As beloved as it may be, there’s no denying that the 1990 mini-series adaptation of Stephen King’s IT didn’t quite do the story justice, and we have high hopes that Andy Muschietti will get it right with his upcoming two-part feature film adaptation of the novel. From what we gather, his adaptation will be darker and more faithful to the book, and now we know that some scenes will take place at the infamous house on Neibolt Street.
A set video uploaded by a fan, which you can see below, shows off 29 Neibolt Street in all its glory; readers of the book will remember the rundown house as the locale where the Losers Club encountered Pennywise in the form of a homeless leper. The nightmarish scene, one of the scariest in the book, will be brought to life in Muschietti’s adaptation, and the film’s official IMDb page reveals that Javier Botet will play the Leper.
Botet, one of the most terrifying creature performers of all time, has played characters like Mama in Muschietti’s Mama and the Medeiros girl in REC, so we can be certain that his pivotal scene in IT will be one of the most terrifying moments in the new adaptation. While we wait, you can virtually tour the 29 Neibolt Street set below!
Jaeden Lieberher is playing Bill Denbrough, the leader of The Losers’ Club. He’ll be starring alongside Finn Wolfhard as Richie Tozier, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley Uris, Chosen Jacobs as Mike Hanlon, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie Kaspbrak, Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, and Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben Hanscom. Owen Teague is also part of the cast, playing teen bully Patrick Hockstetter.
The first film, hitting theaters on September 8th, 2017, is expected to be Rated R.
Stephen King’s It book synopsis…
Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.
They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.