The New 'IT' Movie Will Be "R" Rated With "Very Adult Themes"


We weren’t exactly expecting the new IT movie to be fun for the whole family, but we’ll admit that we were wondering just how far director Andres Muschietti was prepared to go. 

There’s some f*cked up shit in Stephen King’s book, and given that the storyline centres around a group of kids, we were half expecting the Mama director to water the horror down.

Apparently not. Muschietti just gave an interview to Mad Movies, revealing that even though it’s kids, they’re not going to shy away from the uglier parts of the story.

He explained:

“This is an R rated movie. I’m very happy about that, because it allows us to go into very adult themes. Each ‘loser’ knows a situation of despair, on top of the terror of It and the fear of heights. Beverly’s case is of course the worst, because it’s about sexual abuse on a minor. But each kid is neglected one way or the other. Bill is like a ghost in his own home: nobody sees him because his parents can’t get over Georgie’s death. Of course, Ben is bullied at school. We don’t know much about Richie’s personality, because he’s the big mouth of the group. But we suppose he’s also neglected at home, and he’s the clown of the band because he needs attention. Long story short, there’s all sorts of difficult situations, and we had the chance to tell them in a movie that faces directly those conflicts. In particular, the families of the young actors were very open-minded, so we could tell the about subjects that are normally very touchy.”


The film’s producer – Barbara Muschietti – revealed that there’s actually just one scene that they deemed too horrific for the big screen:

“To tell everything, you won’t find the scene where a kid has his back broken and is thrown in the toilets. We thought that the visual translation of that scene had something that was really too much. But for the rest, we removed nothing from our original vision, and we didn’t water down the violence of any event. We believe the fans will be thankful to us for keeping that aspect of the novel in the movie…. I got to say we escape a lot of objections thanks to the context of the story, since it’s the kids’ fear that feed the monster.”

You can check out the trailer for IT here:

IT hits UK screens on the 8th September.

Are you brave enough to watch it? Let us know in the comments! 

Images via New Line Cinema

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