The big screen remake of Stephen King’s It is getting closer and closer (well, it’s out in September), and inevitably we’ve all started wondering about the age certificate. As it turns out, the answer is reassuring.
Speaking to Collider, producer Dan Lin confirmed that the film, directed by Mama‘s Andrés Muschietti, will be rated R.
“It is a rated-R movie,” he said. “If you’re going to make a ‘Rated-R movie’, you have to fully embrace what it is, and you have to embrace the source material. It is a scary clown that’s trying to kill kids. So of course that’s going to be a rated-R movie. The kids are amazing. You very much get a Stand by Me vibe as far as their camaraderie and the way they joke with each other and that they really care for each other. They do have a scary crown that’s taken over the town of Derry, so it’s going to be rated R.”
Despite being absolutely terrifying in places, the TV movie wasn’t particularly gory (it’s a 15 here in the UK). That being said, they obviously had the peerless Tim Curry as Pennywise, whose performance was so scary it warrants an R-rating by itself.
However, if they’re keeping close to the book, there’s a lot of adult subject matter that might struggle to make a PG-13. It’s a dark, dark novel even without Pennywise’s antics, with the Losers’ Club facing horrors both supernatural and real that no child should have to think about. It is reassuring that they’re aiming for a rating that should allow that material to be explored.
And we’re guessing that it means that Pennywise’s horrors will be pretty gruesome. Poor Georgie.
The report also notes that Lin confirmed that the plan is still to make a sequel telling the second half of the book if It is a success, so we’ll have to wait and see.
It stars Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Nicholas Hamilton, Owen Teague, Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff and Jeremy Ray Taylor.