Stephen King’s massive novel It, about a bizarre cosmic demon that attacks people in the form of a monstrous clown (and later a spider) is going to be made into two movies.

The films have been in the works for a few years now, and the first will be directed by Cary Fukunaga, who also headed 2011’s Jane Eyre, the first season of HBO’s True Detective and is currently working on an African war movie called Beasts of No Nation. This comes at a time when another 1,000+ page King novel, The Stand, is being adapted into four movies by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars).

The novel focuses on a group of friends, “the Losers Club,” who grew up in the 1950s, when a bizarre creature attacked their town of Derry, Maine. The shapeshifting monster primarily took the form of a demonic clown named Pennywise (the Joker’s greatest ally in promoting coulrophobia). The Losers Club defeat the monster, only for it to reappear thirty years later, forcing them to return to their hometown and beat it once again. Also, there’s some weird stuff about God being a turtle or something, which Gianfrancesco Genoso does not completely understand.

It was made into a 1990 miniseries, with Tim Curry as a rather hammy Pennywise. For what it’s worth, King himself is optimistic about this new adaptation.

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