Andy Muschietti’s IT is still kicking ass and taking names as it concludes its second full week in US & UK Theaters. The film is being lauded as the best horror offering of 2017—and perhaps one of the best of the decade. If this film was your first introduction to Pennywise and The Losers Club, you might be wondering just how faithful an adaptation the film is. Well, we’ve got answers.
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Our friends at WatchMojo have put together a Top 10 List that explores not only differences between Muschietti’s IT and Stephen King’s novel, but also the 1990s miniseries directed by Tommy Lee Wallace. It’s an insightful presentation that puts this latest adaptation into historical context while highlighting Muschietti’s creative innovations. Have a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section.
If you can’t stream, the Top 10 Differences are listed and briefly summarized below the video. Enjoy!
Warning: Below There Be Spoilers!
Official Synopsis: Books to movie adaptations are never perfect, and with IT having a TV miniseries from the 1990s, there are plenty of differences worth noting from all versions of the story! WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Biggest Changes made by IT 2017! But what will take the top spot on our list? Will it be the more graphic R-rated style, the film losing the flashback storytelling aspect, or Georgie’s death? Watch to find out!
The era in which the story takes place has been changed. The novel and miniseries both take place in the 1950’s and the 1980’s. Andy Muschietti’s film updates the source material; IT Chapter 1 takes place in 1989 and IT Chapter 2 will take place in 2016.
Patrick Hockstetter (played by Owen Teague) was much more nefarious in the novel. The character was completely left out of the 1990’s miniseries. His death in the novel is different as well; Pennywise (played by Bill Skarsgård) attacks him as a swarm of flying leeches.
The Blood Oath: The 1990s miniseries left out the blood oath, perhaps in response to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 90s.
Mike’s (Chosen Jacobs) parents are dead in the 2017 film; in the novel, they have a much more important role.
Henry Bowers (played by Nicholas Hamilton) is presumed dead at the end of IT Chapter 1, but he has a much bigger role in the 1990s miniseries and the book.
The Neibolt House didn’t appear in the 1990s miniseries at all.
Beverly’s (Sophia Lillis) fear of sexuality is never explored in the 1990s miniseries; she’s just one of the boys.
Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) is known to be dead in both the book and 1990s miniseries; in the 2017 film, however, his body is never found leaving Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) and the audience wondering if he could still be alive.
The 2017 film has much more cursing and gore than the miniseries, earning its R-Rating.
In the novel and 1990s miniseries, the events of childhood are only revealed in flashbacks; the 2017 film made the timeline linear.
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If you still haven’t seen IT for yourself, check out the trailer and synopsis 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.
In addition to Skarsgård and Jacobs, IT stars Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Nicholas Hamilton.
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