Good news from It producer Dan Lin! Just a few days after we learned that the Duffer Brothers (the masterminds behind Stranger Things) had originally approached Warner Bros. with an offer to direct the adaptation of It, (now being directed by “Mama” helmer Andy Muscietti) It producer Dan Lin admits taking inspiration from the Duffer Brothers’ hit Netflix series.
“I think a great analogy is actually ‘Stranger Things,’ and we’re seeing it on Netflix right now,” he said at the Television Critics Association (via Collider).“It’s very much an homage to ’80s movies, whether it’s classic Stephen King or even Spielberg . Think about ‘Stand by Me‘ as far as the bonding amongst the kids. But there is a really scary element in Pennywise.”
Lin went on to praise the kids for their ability to connect and really pull off that nostalgic depiction of kids and their friendships that we saw so frequently in the ’80s and ’90s.
“Each kid, like a ‘Goonies‘ or ‘Stand By Me,’ has a very specific personality and they’re forming the loser’s club obviously. And now finally the evil force is coming into our movie. We’ve spent a few months getting the kids to bond and now they’re going to fight this evil, scary clown,” the producer said.
This is great news for fans of the genre, we are just hoping that they get it right. Squeezing a novel that size into one movie is no short order. We don’t have much longer to wait! It opens September 8th, 2016.