Bill Skarsgård' made research into the "psycho universe" to find his own way to perform Pennywise. He got inspiration from The Shining (1980).
27 is a number which is often associated with this story. This film was released 27 years after the original 1990 television mini-series. In the book, it is mentioned that "It" returns to Derry approximately every 27 years. Jonathan Brandis, who played young Bill in the original film, died at 27 years old. This movie was released one month after Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise) 27th birthday. The official US release date is 9/8/2017. 9+8+2+0+1+7 = 27.
The Duffer Brothers originally wanted to direct the movie, but were overlooked as they were not "established" enough. They went on to create Stranger Things (2016), which co-stars Finn Wolfhard (Richie) and pays homage to Stephen King. They also worked with Alexander Skarsgård, brother of Bill Skarsgård who portrays Pennywise the Dancing Clown in this film, on their debut feature film Hidden (2015).
Although Bill Skarsgård was on set for the majority of production, he didn't actually begin filming his scenes until more than half of shooting was complete. The time before he actually started filming was spent working with Andrés Muschietti and the producers in order to perfect his mannerisms as Pennywise, as Skarsgård stated that he felt an immense amount of pressure to play the role perfectly due to Tim Curry's well-regarded performance in It (1990).
The cast of the "Losers Club" were asked whom they wanted to play their adult parts: Finn Wolfhard (Richie Tozier) said Bill Hader, Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh) said Jessica Chastain, Chosen Jacobs (Mike Hanlon) said Chadwick Boseman, Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie Kaspbrak) said Jake Gyllenhaal, Wyatt Oleff (Stanley Uris) said Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben Hanscom) said Chris Pratt and Jaeden Lieberher (Bill Denbrough) said Christian Bale.
About six months before the film was released, Stephen King (the author of the original novel) was shown a screening. Afterwards, he said that the film exceeded his expectations and that the producers had done "a wonderful job."
Director Andy Muschietti kept Bill Skarsgård separate from the child actors up until they had to shoot scenes together. On the day of their first scenes together, the production staff warned the kids about how scary Skarsgård could be while in character. The kids brushed this off, claiming that they knew he was just an actor in a costume and that they were professionals and would be fine. However, when the time came for Skarsgård to be Pennywise for the scene, the kids were genuinely terrified.
Bill Skarsgård had admitted that he was so into his performance as Pennywise that he would have constant nightmares during and after production.
Director Andy Muschietti confirmed that Bill Skarsgård spoke in Swedish sometimes while in character as Pennywise.
Besides the opening scene in the sewer drain with Georgie, Pennywise does not blink.
Grossed the largest box office record for any Horror film with $117.1 million dollar opening weekend
When Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard) is in the "clown room," there is a mannequin dressed as the 1990 mini-series version of Pennywise the Clown, played by Tim Curry, sitting on the floor (left side of the screen).
Throughout the film many movie posters are seen in the background, either at the theatre or in Bill's room. These include Beetlejuice (1988), Gremlins (1984), Batman (1989), Lethal Weapon (1987) and A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989). All of these films are either owned by Warner Brothers or New Line Cinema, the two distributors behind the film.
A lot of the lines were actually improvised by the kids. Most of the Richie/Eddie banter was improvise. Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie) actually wrote a lot of Finn Wolfhard's (Richie) jokes.
A popular fan idea for this film is to have the child actors from the original film return to play the adult roles. However, Bill would have to be recast due to the death of Jonathan Brandis. Marlon Taylor and Jarred Blancard, who played the roles of Mike and Henry, have both said that if they were offered the chance to reprise their roles, they would accept.
At the request of director Andy Muschietti, Bill Skarsgård did not meet any of the teenage actors until he showed up on set to film the first encounter between the Losers Club and Pennywise. This was done specifically to make sure the young actors would be scared of Pennywise during filming, and according to interviews given by Muschietti, the strategy paid off.
When Ben is in the library, he looks out the window and sees 4 of the Losers ride by on their bikes. You can hear Bill scream "Hiyo Silver, AWAY!", which is a nod to the original novel.
The film's first teaser trailer generated 197 million views globally within 24 hours of its release, breaking the record that was set by The Fate of the Furious (2017) at 139 million views.
Bill Skarsgård has described Pennywise as being "such an extreme character. Inhumane." He added, "It's beyond even a sociopath, because he's not even human. He's not even a clown. I'm playing just one of the beings that It creates. It truly enjoys taking the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt." Skarsgård elaborated on his connection to the children, saying, "There's a childishness to the character, because he's so closely linked to the kids. The clown is a manifestation of the children's imaginations, so there's something child-like about that."
Mikes grandfather butcher shop has a large mural on the side of it commemorating the shootout and murder of the Bradley gang in 1929. This is taken directly from the book and is mentioned by Ben in his recollection of the past violence that has happened in Derry. In the book, the townspeople of Derry ambush a gang of bank robbers coming to purchase ammo in their town and massacre them in a blaze of crossfire.
Hugo Weaving and Bill Skarsgård were the two finalists for the role of Pennywise after Will Poulter left the project. Skarsgård eventually got the role, reportedly due to his ability to play a more fun and child-like Pennywise, in addition to a creepy Pennywise, while Weaving reportedly fell short in playfulness and could only play creepy.
Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise) was born in 1990, the same year that the original It (1990) was released.
Pennywise's costume in the film is much more faithful to the description in the novel, in comparison to the Tim Curry costume in the 1990 TV Mini-Series, including his orange hair, and the orange pom poms going down his silver suit.
There is a homage paid to Stephen King Novels with Pet Semetery and Buick 8/Christine book cover designs worn as tshirt design/prints by one of the Losers...
There were rumors at one point that Bill Skarsgård would not be returning to play Pennywise in the second film due to concerns that the role was negatively affecting his mental health. However, a week before the film was released, Skarsgård confirmed that he was officially attached to the sequel and had already began meeting with director Andy Muschietti to discuss ideas for the character and the film.
Producer Barbara Muschietti has confirmed that Jessica Chastain is being considered for the role of adult Beverly. Actress Sophia Lillis has also revealed that Chastain is her first choice for the role.
Andy Muschietti kept Bill Skarsgård isolated from the rest of the cast/crew during the beginning of filming, the exception being a three person costume/makeup team. This was to make sure Skarsgård's performance was shocking to the other actors, as well as to avoid leaked photos. Although Skarsgård thought this was a good strategy, he admitted that he felt very lonely during this time, and was sad that he couldn't bond with the rest of the people involved, something he says is one of his favorite parts of making a movie. These feelings were intensified when he heard about how much fun everyone else was having without him and how they all called it one of the best projects they'd ever worked on.
Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) is the youngest in the movie and stated that he wasn't as scared of Pennywise as he thought he would. He said he actually had a fun time doing his scenes.
John Oliver was such a fan of the novel that he was cast as an extra in this film. Oliver can be seen in the town's diner.
While Bill Skarsgård declared himself a huge fan of Tim Curry in general and Curry's specific performance as Pennywise in the TV version of It (1990), he also said that he did not try to incorporate any of Curry's work into his own portrayal of Pennywise, because he felt that he could not "do Tim Curry anywhere near as well as Curry himself did" and he did not want his performance to echo this and become a distraction.
In Stephen King's novel, the Losers Club must face Pennywise first as children, then decades later as adults. This film only tells of their encounter with him as children. The sequel, which tells the story of the Losers Club as adults, is set to be released September 6, 2019.
Though CGI was used in some scenes, Bill Skarsgård was actually able to move his eyes in different directions in some scenes at the behest of Andy Muschietti. At first, it was uncertain if he was able to achieve this effect on his own, yet Skarsgård assures, "I can do that." The purpose of this was to add to an already unsettling and disturbing look to Pennywise.
During early stages of production, Chloë Grace Moretz was strongly considered for the role of Beverly. However, due to the time the project spent in development hell, casting did not begin until Moretz was 19. She was deemed too old for the role, and Sophia Lillis was cast instead. Coincidentally, Moretz starred in Carrie (2013), another Stephen King adaption.
Other actors who were rumored to play Pennywise included Johnny Depp, Tilda Swinton, Richard Armitage, Tom Hiddleston, Jackie Earle Haley, Jim Carrey, Kirk Acevedo, Willem Dafoe, Paul Giamatti, Hugo Weaving, Doug Jones and Channing Tatum.
In the novel, Ben Hanscom invented "beep beep, Ritchie" whenever they need him to shut up. This is not used by the Losers Club in the movie as they only ask him to "shut up." "Beep beep, Ritchie" is used by "It" in the movie instead when Pennywise teases Ritchie, a clear reference to the novel.
When Stanley is closing the book after struggling with his Bar-Mitzva speech, the title is seen upside down. This could be a simple mistake, a hint that he is too troubled to practice, or he isn't interested in religion much to the implied disappointment of his father. The book is the Pentateuch (The Torah).
Bill Skarsgård was the fourth actor offered the role of Pennywise. Tim Curry was offered the chance to reprise the role during early development, but turned it down. Ben Mendelsohn was also offered the role, and was interested, but turned it down when he could not agree with the studio on his salary. Will Poulter was then offered the role and accepted, but scheduling conflicts forced him to drop out after production delays pushed filming back a year. Skarsgård was then given the role.
Bill Skarsgård celebrated his 27th birthday shortly before he began filming his scenes. To celebrate, director Andy Muschietti posted a picture of himself wearing a Pennywise mask, giving Skarsgård the finger, on his Instagram account.
Sophia Lillis is not scared by horror movies and actually laughed the first time she saw Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise.
The movie posters in the background mark the passage of time throughout the summer of 1989. June(Batman (1989)), July(Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)), and August(A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)).
Finn Wolfhard was the only member of Cary Fukunaga's cast for the movie that ended up staying on the project when Andy Muschietti took over as director.
Two days before the movie started filming, director Andy Muschietti posted a picture on his Instagram account of his office filled with balloons, a way of letting fans know that pre-production had ended for the film.
The opening scene with Georgie takes place in October of 1988. Donnie Darko (2001) also takes place in October of 1988. In an early scene in Donnie Darko (2001), Donnie's Mom is seen reading the novel "It."
After just eight days in release, it became the highest grossing September release of all-time. And became the highest grossing horror movie of all-time
Parts of the old house that sits above Pennywise's lair closely resemble the second version of the Myers house as seen in Halloween 5 (1989). It also happens that both the fourth, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) and fifth installment of the Halloween franchise were released in 1988 and 1989, the two specific years used for this version of the story-line.
Due to the film's huge and unexpected success, Warner Bros. distribution head Jeffrey L. Goldstein confirmed plans to put the film in even more theaters around Halloween.
Around the time of theatrical release of this film, in Lititz, Pennsylvania, there was a prank that involved a series of red balloons tied to sewer grates throughout the town mimicking one of the book covers of the "It" novel. The prank had frightened the citizens, including the Lititz police force.
Finn Wolfhard (Richie) came up with the idea at the end where Eddie gets thrown up on by the leper.
This marks the 2nd time that a character played by Finn Wolfhard stands on the edge of a quarry and is about to jump down. The 1st time was in Stranger Things, where his character was threatened by school-bullies to jump down.
Contrary to the novel, in which the children's journey with Pennywise begins in 1958, the movie will begin to follow the Losers Club from around 1989 (four years after the final encounter between the club and Pennywise in the novel) and supposedly with the second clash in the mid-2010s.
Opening at 4,103 theaters in the United States, this film is the widest opening R-rated release in cinema history, surpassing previous record holder Logan (2017), which opened at 4,071 theaters.
This movie released in the same week as American Horror Story: Cult aired. This season focuses on a cult of clowns or cult honoring Twisty the Clown a serial killer from Freakshow.
Oldboy (2003) director Chan-wook Park visited the giant sewer set, since his regular cinematographer, Chung-hoon Chung, was Director of Photography on It (2017).
Actor Finn Wolfhard admits to having a fear of clowns despite starring as Richie Tozier in this movie.
In Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd), like Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) in this film, is the main villain of the film who's responsible for the death of one of the main characters' brother and most striking of all, he also doesn't blink. The film was released in 1988, the year in which this film started off in. Interestingly, Tim Curry, who portrayed Pennywise in the It (1990) miniseries, auditioned for the role of Judge Doom but didn't get the part because Robert Zemeckis felt that his performance was 'too scary'. A few years earlier, Curry starred alongside Lloyd in the dark comedy cult classic, Clue (1985).
The trailer for this film enraged real-life professional clowns, who stated that the Pennywise character will encourage people to think of clowns as scary and murderous (though the filmmakers and actors have said, clearly, that Pennywise is not a clown at all, but a representation of "It"'s pure evil, who takes on the form out of a mix of sadism and childishness). Rallies to defend the good name in general of clowns in the U.S. were planned following the month It (2017) was released in theaters.
In order to prepare for his role as Henry Bowers, Nicholas Hamilton studied the performance of Jarred Blancard's performance of the character in It (1990).
The character of Belch Huggins wears a shirt featuring the band Anthrax, with the phrase "Follow me or die" on the back. This is a lyric from Anthrax's song "Among the Living," which the band wrote about another Stephen King book, "The Stand."
Marlon Taylor, Jarred Blancard and Brandon Crane, who played the respective roles of Mike, Henry and Ben in It (1990), all reached out to the new actors for this film (Chosen Jacobs for Taylor, Nicholas Hamilton for Blancard and Jeremy Ray Taylor for Crane) and spoke to them. They all went on to say they were very pleased with the casting and are excited to see the film.
As the losers club approaches Pennywise's front porch to fight him, the yard's open iron front gate can be seen from the back. It holds the number "29", which mirrored resemble the letters "e" and "s" - "es" is the german word for "it".
Filming began on June 27, 2016, and officially wrapped on September 20, 2016, one day before author Stephen King turned 69 years old.
Despite Nicholas Hamilton (Henry Bowers), Logan Thompson (Victor Criss) Jake Sim (Belch Huggins) and Owen Teague (Patrick Hockstetter) having to constantly bully their co stars on set, off set they all hung out and would constantly pal around. All of the teenage cast said that they have became the very best of friends during filming.
The town of Derry, Maine was set in Port Hope, Canada which, as of April 2017, was the location of Turtle John's restaurant. The Turtle features heavily within the novel "It" and "The Dark Tower" series, also written by Stephen King. Across the way from Turtle John's is Beamish House and twelve beams link and hold together The Dark Tower and the Stephen King universe.
Cary Fukunaga was set to direct, but dropped out after years of pre-production due to a difference in artistic vision and, in consequence, what the intended MPAA rating was intended to be. The studio wanted to aim at a more commercially viable film, while Fukunaga wanted something closer to The Shining (1980) in tone and style. Andy Muschietti took over as director and filming began in the summer of 2016.
Director Andy Muschietti shared pictures of every day of the filming of this movie on his Instagram account.
Both actors cast as Pennywise were significantly younger and taller than Tim Curry was when he played the role in It (1990). Curry was 44 and 5, Will Poulter was 22 and 6'2 when he was cast, and Bill Skarsgård was 25 and 6'4.
Bev was compared to Molly Ringwald who starred in Pretty in Pink (1986). On her bedroom wall was a poster of the band Psychedelic Furs, who sang the title track, Pretty in Pink.
Beverly's haircut and look is modeled after the 1980s visage of Molly Ringwald, who Richie pays reference to in insulting Beverly.
Some filming took place in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada. This was also a filming location for another Stephen King film, the miniseries Storm of the Century (1999).
The song during the "Rock Fight" is Anthrax's version of "Antisocial," a song originally recorded by French band The Trust.
After Cary Fukunaga dropped out, Andy Muschietti pitched a movie that would use most of the Fukunaga/Palmer script, but with more famous scenes from the book added. While Muschietti did most of the rewrite himself, the final version was touched up a little by Gary Dauberman to get the movie back on the original budget.
In the scene where the boys watch Beverly sunbathe, the 1989 hit "Bust a Move" by Young M.C. is playing on the radio. The song is advice to a young man about how to approach a female while keeping your cool... which, since first meeting Beverly, is what Ben had trouble doing.
When the Losers Club are at the 4th of July festival, a clown can be seen performing on a nearby stage. The clown's suit greatly resembles serial killer John Wayne Gacy's clown suit.
There are many references to the book, including little things, such as the wax that Bill uses on the paper boat being labeled "Gulf Wax"
The movie was released on 09-08-2017. If you add all the digits up, it comes to 27. 27 is significant in the IT storyline. This is the number of years IT hibernates.
In the first few weeks of filming, Wyatt Oleff purchased the novel to get more into his character of Stan Uris.
In the scene of Ben in the library one of the photos in the Derry history book is in fact a Civil War photo of dead soldiers at Gettysburg. They photo-shopped the Easter eggs around the corpses.
The film has the biggest opening weekend in the supernatural horror genre, grossing $117,200,000, breaking the previous record set by Paranormal Activity 3 (2011). It made double in its opening weekend revenue.
Despite popular belief, Bill Skarsgård's costume is actually a more accurate depiction of Pennywise and not Tim Curry's costume. Pennywise is said to have a silver suit in the book.
It's life essence is comprised of writhing bright orange lights called "Deadlights", a dangerous and eldritch form of energy, which is used as a dark magical weapon by another monstrous Stephen King villain known as the Crimson King.
Bill's bike has Silver written on the side. A tribute to what he calls his bike in the book and original mini-series.
Bill Skarsgård's father, Stellan Skarsgård, appeared with the original actor of Pennywise, Tim Curry, in The Hunt for Red October (1990).
Pennywise's house in the new adaptation of "It" was set up and filmed in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
-A number of clowns have been spotted in various American states including Florida, New York, Wisconsin and Kentucky, and subsequently in other Western countries, from August 2016. By October 2016, in the wake of hundreds of "clown sightings" across the United States and Canada, the phenomenon had spread from North America to Europe, Australasia and Latin America.
This film marks the second time a European actor portraying Pennywise. Tim Curry, who is British, portrayed the character in the 90s miniseries and Bill Skarsgård, who is Swedish, portrayed the character in this film.
IT (alongside Randall Flagg) is regarded as the most evil and popular of Stephen King's villains, and an immense icon in horror. In 2006, Wizard Magazine ranked IT the 15th greatest villain of all time.
The It form of the horribly morphed flutist Judith pays homage to Andy Muschietti's previous horror film titular antagonist of the film Mama (2013). Javier Botet who portrayed Mama in Muschietti's previous film plays It's other horribly disfigured manifestation The Leper at the Neibolt Street property. Jessica Chastain who had portrayed the protagonist Annabel in Mama is in talks to portray the adult Beverly Marsh in It Chapter Two.
Cary Fukunaga's script changed the names of several main characters: Bill Denbrough to Willy Denbrough, Henry Bowers to Travis Bowers, 'Belch' Huggins to 'Snatch' Huggins, Patrick Hockstetter to Patrick Hockstettler, Will Hanlon to Leroy Hanlon and Greta Bowie to Gretta Bowie. Though most have been changed back by Andy Muschietti, the changes to 'Leroy' and 'Gretta' remain.
Ty Simpkins was slated to play Will Denbrough while Cary Fukunaga was still directing. He was replaced by Jaeden Lieberher when Andy Muschietti took over and the character name was changed back to the original Bill Denbrough.
The Losers' Club 1980's shirts pay homage to various Stephen King properties including The Shining, Carrie, Christine and Pet Semetary.
It's nickname "Pennywise" is an actual word meaning extremely careful about the way one spends even small amounts of money.
In the book, Mike's father was named Will. In the movie, it is his grandfather and his name is Leroy.
Unlike the 1990 miniseries, this adaption in the preceding scene before the climax shows the Bob Gray, Pennywise dance which earned the performer's clown name of Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
Due to the town being called "Derry", a name similar to the city in Co. Derry, Northern Ireland, the country had its own premiere of the film there. Before the movie began, there was special video from the child actors greeting the Derry audience.
Film debut of Jackson Robert Scott. His only acting credit before this film was on TV, a one episode character on Criminal Minds (2015).
Wyatt Oleff (Stanley Uris), Chosen Jacobs (Mike Hanlon), Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise), Jackson Robert Scott (Georgie), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie Kaspbrak) and director Andy Muschietti all celebrated birthdays onset.
The third largest debut of 2017 behind Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), premiering higher than Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
Mike Flanagan was desperate to get into talks with the studio for the directing position when Cary Fukunaga dropped out.
In the original Stephen King novel, the term "beep beep Richie" is often used by his friends to give him a cue to stop talking and to stop making jokes. Pennywise uses this phrase while taunting Richie.
The painting that Stanley Uris is afraid of in his father's office bears a strong resemblance to the terrifying figure, Mama, from Andy Muschietti's other horror film, Mama (2013).
The novel "It" was originally published in September 1986. The film It (2017) was released in September 2017. September is also the birth month of Stephen King, the author of the novel.
The original poster for "A Nightmare on Elm Street 5" can be seen in one of the scenes
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989). Before the script for Nightmare 5 was written and shot, Stephen King, who wrote the "It" novel in which this film and the 90s miniseries was based off of, was approached by New Line to write the screenplay but declined. The task was then offered to Frank Miller who also declined.
Various characters in the film can be seen wearing shirts featuring logos for fictional businesses that feature in the book, such as a Tracker's Brothers Trucking Co. and Freese's Department store. Both of these companies have significance in the book for Eddie and Richie respectively.
Bill Skarsgård went on to star in another Stephen King adaptation called Castle Rock (2018) which is an original Hulu TV series.
The second highest R Rated opening behind Deadpool (2016), and grossing higher than The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and American Sniper (2014).
The film became the most profitable horror film of 2017, beating out Annabelle: Creation (2017) and another surprise horror hit, Get Out (2017).
When Beverly distracts Mr. Keene to help the boys steal some medical supplies, she mentions that Mr. Keene looks like Clark Kent and when she tries on his glasses, he says that she looks like Lois Lane, this could be a nod to their 1990 counterpart actors Tom Heaton and Annette O'Toole, Annette (The grown up Beverly Marsh in the 1990 film) played Martha Kent in Smallville, as Heaton (Mr. Keene from Part 2 of the 1990 film) appeared in an episode of Smallville titled Relic as Dexter "Dex" McCallum
It apparently originated in a void containing and surrounding the Universe, a place referred to in the novel as the "Macroverse" (a concept similar to the later established "Todash Darkness" of the Dark Tower novels).
Director Andrés Muschietti wore a pin of a paper boat on his suit jacket at the films premiere.
Richie plays the Street Fighter arcade. In 2017, the same year that the movie was released, Street Fighter celebrates its 30th anniversary.
The mural next to the Derry butchery loading bay where Mike encounters It in the form of his burning parents and the other fire victims before seeing Pennywise is a depiction of the great Bradley Gang shootout, which has Pennywise drawn amongst the infamous confrontation. A flashback segment was meant to feature in the film pertaining to the Bradley gang and establish Pennywise.
Beltch, the heavy set member of Henry's gang, is always seen wearing tshirts of metal bands. In the confrontation between the Loser's Club and Henry's gang on the last day of school, Beltch is seen wearing a t-shirt reading, "Follow me or die." This is from the band Anthrax and references their track Among the Living which was inspired by King's novel The Stand. The full chorus lyrics are: "I'm the walkin' dude, I can see all the world! Twist your minds with fear, I'm the man with the power. Among the living, follow me or die!" "The Walkin' Dude" is one of the name's by which the novel's villain, Randall Flagg, is known.
After the "Rock Fight", when the losers are walking, a train can be seen in the background. One of the freight cars has a logo of Canadian Tire, a Canadian hardware store. The film was shot in Ontario, Canada.
Stephen King based parts of the fictional town of Derry on real locations in Maine. The Derry standpipe, which plays an important part in the novel, is based on the Thomas Hill Standpipe in Bangor. While not being an integral part of the movie, the postcard Ben writes to Beverly features the actual Thomas Hill Standpipe. There is also a shot in the movie of Bill in front of the real Thomas Hill Standpipe.
Ben Hanscom and Beverly Marsh are shown bonding over a shared passion for New Kids on the Block. One of the band members, Donnie Wahlberg, starred in Dreamcatcher (2003), another Stephen King adaptation set in Derry, Maine.
It's total opening weekend comprised of $179,000,000 with the additional $62,000,00 earned overseas against a budget of $35,000,000.
This is the second time in blockbuster horror movies the character "BILL" has a stutter. First is "The Conjuring 2" (2016) and "It" (2017)
Early in the movie, Bill is seen wearing a Tracker Brothers t-shirt. This a clear reference to the book where the Tracker Brothers owned a shipping company whose yard doubled as a baseball diamond Derry kids would play on.
To coincide with the 1989 primary setting, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) is featured on the movie marquee. Both It (2017) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) deal with a demonic child murderer with the ability to warp reality, shapeshifts in accordance to one's fears, takes the guise of lost loved ones, and preys on high school students. Director Andy Muschietti also revealed in an interview that a Freddy Krueger form was considered as a fear for one of the Losers Club members and one Pennywise would assume. However, it was ultimately scrapped out of not feeling right and wanting stick to the trauma and childhood fears without straying too meta.
In an interview, Bill Skarsgård stated that it took 5 hours to apply the clown makeup. However, they were able to shorten it down to 2 hours once the makeup artists had done it a couple of times.
The largest September opening weekend ever, eclipsing the previous holder Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015).
Stephen King who is the author of the original novel It which the film is based on is from Lisbon Maine US where he went to Lisbon High School. The story also takes place in Maine US.
It was similar to the Ancient Enemy and was possibly Dean Koontz's inspiration for that villain, as both were shape-shifting monsters who lived in the sewers and believed themselves to be gods.
The song 'You Got It (The Right Stuff)' by New Kids on the Block, which is referenced twice in the movie, was released as a single in the US in November 1988. The movie starts in October 1988 and then jumps to the summer of 1989.
In the aerial view of Derry town center (Port Hope, Ontario, Canada), the red brick building on the left, that is revealed behind trees, has a CG replacement of its central area by a weathered "DERRY" signage of some sort. In real life there is no "DERRY" signage, but a blank red brick area with four windows which are not seen on the movie building.
Wyatt Oleff and Jeremy Ray Taylor worked together previously on The History of Us (2015).
When Beverly is sitting in the school's bathroom, being bullied by other students. "Hate Clown" is written on the bathroom stall, in black. Beverly is holding a black marker, suggesting she might've written it.
The cinema marquee shows that Batman (1989) is playing. That film starred Jack Nicholson, who appeared in The Shining (1980). One of the posters is for A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989). The previous film in that series, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), was co-written by Frank Darabont, who went on to direct The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and The Green Mile (1999).
Both Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nélisse, who play Gretta and a Little Girl respectively, previously collaborated with director Andy Muscietti on Mama (2013), where they played sisters.
Shipped to cinemas under the code name "POUND FOOLISH" a literal opposite to Pennywise.