You folks are going to have to help me with this one. I’ve been holding my resolution to stay positive and withhold my knee-jerk negativity toward movie announcements with great success lately. I’m still very much excited to see Suicide Squad. That’s how serious I am about this resolution.
And then Cary Fukunaga did what he does best. He killed the momentum. (Sorry all, the end of True Detective Season One suuuuucked).
The Wrap is announcing that young Will Poulter will occupy the role of Pennywise the Clown in Fukunaga’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel IT, a remake of the 1990 miniseries, which saw the legendary Tim Curry elevate the horror villain into the stuff of nightmares. Many in my generation still deal with the scars of that performance.
Poulter’s casting is unpromising for a few reasons, not the least of which being Poulter’s rather untested résumé. But more than that, IT presents an epic metaphoric narrative of the innocence of youth in combat against ancient, timeless evil. This read seems like it might be wholly soured by the casting of a perpetual babyface as the manifestation of the universe’s oldest and most wicked force.
I’m not giving up yet, though. Maybe I’ll change my tune after I see Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s The Revenant, which sees Poulter in his first major serious role. Until then, his turn in We’re the Millers doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, so can someone give me a reason to stay excited about this adaptation?