Did you catch the trailer for Andrés Muschietti’s remake of Stephen King’s IT yet? Of course you have! If you’re like me, you’ve probably watched it a few dozen times, pouring over every image and pixel, marveling at the hideousness of the new Pennywise (played by Bill Skarsgård)! Just in case you’ve been living under a rock (or if you just want to have another look) check out a preview of the terror that awaits when IT creeps into US Theaters on September 8th.
Official Synopsis: When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
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.
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Fans of the works of Stephen King know that IT isn’t the only book that discusses the fiend Pennywise, aka Bob Gray. In addition to making cameos in The Tommyknockers and Insomnia, the evil clown’s origins are explored at length in The Dark Tower series, where it is revealed that his arch nemesis is a great Turtle!
StephenKingWiki explains: “It’s natural enemy is The Turtle, another ancient Macroverse dweller who, eons ago, created our Universe and possibly others. The Turtle appears in King’s series The Dark Tower as Maturin, one of the Guardians of the Beam. The series suggests that It, along with the Turtle, are themselves creations of a separate, omnipotent creator referred to as “the Other” (who may be the entity Gan). The Turtle and It are eternal enemies in a battle of creation against consumption.”
While The Turtle doesn’t appear in IT, the abandoned script by Cary Fukunaga and Chase Palmer contained a few Easter Eggs that make this connection. One is a can of Turtle Wax in Georgie’s basement, and the other is a turtle made out of Legos. And while Muschietti is directing from a different script, attentive viewers may have noticed a Turtle Easter Egg in the new trailer—hiding in plain sight! Did you see it?
“That’s just a pile of excavated earth,” says you. But look closely: There’s no hole; just the incredible shell-like mound covered in a tarp. In a film like IT, every detail is intentional.
So what do you think? Will The Turtle make a cameo in IT? Sound off in the Comments section!