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Stephen King's IT to be adapted for television (again)

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 8th 2006 2:09PM

stephen kingIn 1990, when I was in middle school, ABC aired a two-part miniseries based on Stephen King's gargantuan novel IT. I had a television in my room, so I had a place to watch shows my parents didn't want to watch, so I stretched out on my bed and watched the movie. Perhaps I was just a wuss (and I was) but the movie scared the living crap out of me. Fast forward to college, and my then girlfriend and I decide to rent IT, which I had not seen since those two nail-biting nights in my room back in 1990. I have to say I didn't have the same reaction as before. I found it to be rather mediocre, and mildly frightening at best. Also, by that time I had actually read the book, so I knew what most fans of King's work already know, which is that movie and television adaptations of his work can be very hit and miss, but mostly miss.

But that's not going to stop them from trying it again. Peter Filardi, who already adapted 'Salem's Lot for TNT and is helming "The Road Virus Heads North" segment of the upcoming Nightmares and Dreamscapes series, told Fangoria he's developing IT for the SciFi Channel. Originally he was to make a two-hour version of the novel for TNT, but will instead stretch it out to a four-hour movie for SciFi. The article further states that the adaptation will tell the story "through the eyes of the character of Beverly Marsh."

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I've got to agree with Jimmy in that more original ideas would be welcome.

I've got to disagree with MrsEldubya in the assessment of the Stand though. I think average understates the Stand quite a bit. I thought that the mini-series was well written and well acted. Ray Walton, Ossie Davis, the aforementioned Lowe, Gary Sinise, Bill Fagerbakke, and Ed Harris all turned in incredible performances, IMHO. Laura San Giacomo, Matt Frewer, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan, Miguel Ferrier, and Ruby Dee pretty pretty darn good, too. I think the ending sucked, but hey, gotta blame King there (Its been a while since I read the book, and I don't remember if the ending was any different).

June 08 2006 at 11:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What is wrong with Hollywood? Is their so little original content that they feel the need to remake mini-series that are barely a decade old? And don't get me started on TV shows that get turned into movies. Not a one of them has been worth a damn. And while I'm at it, why is that SciFi can't do better than this? There are literally hundreds of great science fiction and fantasy novels out there that could be made in foreign countries on the cheap like they did with the Dune mini-series, yet all they ever do any more is crap and remakes of crap.

June 08 2006 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I highly recommend reading "It" if you haven't. It is probably my second favorite King book behind "The Stand." Both were made into average mini-series. It seems to me you would be better off without B-List stars for this and going with unknown actors. Just not as thrilling when it's Rob Lowe or William Katt in the lead.

June 08 2006 at 4:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm a fan of the TV adaptaion and the book... now that's not to say that I don't realize that the TV movie strips out SO much of what makes the book great, but on the whole I really enjoy the story the TV version does tell.... and of course I love the book. I'm curious to see where this new version will fall.

June 08 2006 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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