New Doc Explores Stephen King’s ‘IT,’ Rash of Scary Clown Sightings

With an “IT” remake on the horizon, filmmakers are climbing into the sewer with Pennywise

Last Updated: May 29, 2017 @ 12:51 PM

Remember the scary clown epidemic last year? There were so many creepy clown sightings in 2016 that there’s even a Wikipedia page dedicated to them, not to mention countless compilations featuring the terrifying encounters.

Now three filmmakers captivated by horror are exploring the connection between the rash of scary clown sightings and Stephen King’s “It.” Their documentary, “Pennywise: The Story of It,” is a deep dive into the creation of the novel and movie that followed. The filmmakers will also explore coulrophobia (the fear of clowns) and the current culture surrounding clowns.

“The timing is perfect,” writer and co-producer John Campopiano says in the team’s Indie GoGo video, which is raising money to complete the production.

Campopiano is coming off the previous Stephen King-inspired documentary “Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Path to Pet Sematary.” Director Christopher Griffiths previously worked on the docs “Robodoc” and “You’re So Cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night.”

Tim Curry, who portrayed the clown in the 1989 original, will be interviewed for the film, which will feature behind-the-scenes footage of its making thanks to cooperation from several members of the original cast and crew.

A remake of “It” directed by Andrés Muschietti will hit theaters Sept. 8 featuring Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the clown and Finn Wolfhard of “Stranger Things.”

Watch the clip above for a preview of the documentary.

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