Andrés Muschietti’s IT, based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King and featuring Bill Skarsgård as the dancing clown Pennywise, is easily the most hotly anticipated film of 2017. We literally waited on pins and needles for the first trailer (release a couple months back) and were just as excited to see the most recent trailer after it screened at San Diego Comic-Con. While everything we’ve gotten so far has been fantastic, there’s a growingly vocal contingency creating a brouhaha of an extremely small detail.
Let’s call it LEGOgate! In the latest trailer, Bill (played by Jaeden Lieberher) is startled by an apparition of his dead brother Georgie; he drops a small turtle made out of LEGOS and it shatters on the floor. Those familiar with the source material know that The Great Turtle is Pennywise’s arch enemy, and the breaking of the toy is symbolic, saying: “No one can save you now, Bill”.
So what’s the problem? The film takes place in 1989 and, apparently, green LEGO “slopes” didn’t exist until 2010.
Nathan Wells, a certified LEGO enthusiast, took to social media after discovering a mistake that the producers made in the newest trailer for IT and it is shocking. The revelation is so shocking that many fans have started to boycott Andrés Muschietti’s upcoming remake for such a gross oversight. Wells’ Twitter page is where the controversy started after he posted a still picture from the trailer that highlighted the negligence of the entire cast and crew of the project
Director Andrés Muschietti has not made an official statement just yet, but we should expect one soon and it is not clear if the team will go in to reshoot the slow-motion LEGO footage or just digitally re-color them in the post-production process.
This is ridiculous on so many levels! Not only is the anger surrounding this “mistake” being painfully exaggerated, this is not a film-killing issue. The idea that they would go back and re-shoot this scene is beyond ridiculous! Since when do we demand our cinematic universes match our own—especially regarding such a small and, ultimately, insignificant issue? And who’s to say Muschietti isn’t perfectly aware of the incongruity? Perhaps this is his way of telling us that we’re not in Kansas anymore.
What do you guys think? Let’s discuss in the Comments section! Also, you can check out the trailer in question below.
Official Synopsis: When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, neighborhood kids band together to square off against Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), an evil clown whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
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In addition to Skarsgård, IT stars Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Nicholas Hamilton. Look for IT to arrive in US Theaters on September 8th.
IT crawls out of the sewers and into US Theaters on September 8th.