Why Are Real Clowns Mad At Stephen King?
One of Stephen King's classic horror stories is getting a remake, and not every one is happy about that.
Clowns be all like - up in arms.
Stephen King's It was made into a television mini-series with an all star cast. Seth Green and the late Jonathan Brandis were a couple of the standouts as the kids. Richard Thomas, the late John Ritter, Annette O'Toole, Harry Anderson, Tim Reid, Richard Mazur, Olivia Hussey and Michael Cole. The brilliant Tim Curry played Pennywise.
Adapted from the 1986 horror novel, Pennywise the clown has been terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine for a very long time.
So, this story's been around for awhile.
I don't remember there being this controversy being around when my wife and I first snuggled close on the sofa to watch It.
I do remember that it was one of the BETTER adaptations of one of his novels in a LONG time. Well, maybe except for that ending. Stephen King is a brilliant horror novelist, and some of the adaptations were pretty bad. Even some of the endings to his novels are pretty bad. You get 400 plus pages in to one of his novels and it turns out that it's a [SPOILER ALERT]?! Or a [SPOILER ALERT]?! Really?! I mean, come on! A [SPOILER ALERT]?! That's where you were going with all of this?
Well, after 27 years of the television movie being out there and 31 years of the novel selling bazillion copies, real, live clowns are unhappy with the remake of Stephen King's It.
Apparently, with The Ringling Brothers circus closing down, it's a dying profession. The new film seems to be generating some negative publicity.
Remember the clown from Uncle Buck? (Careful, the "S" word is dropped once.) Not a good image there.
Technically, the Batman villain, The Joker is a Jester, but he's been described as a "clown". So, how is it that clowns are upset over Pennywise, when Jared Leto, Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson have been playing crazy clowns for a while now?
The remake of Stephen King's It will be in theaters September 8th.