It (retroactively known as It Chapter One) is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by Andy Muschietti, based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Stephen King. The screenplay is by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman. The film is set in the summer of 1989 and tells the story of seven children in Derry, Maine, who are terrorized by the eponymous being, only to face their own personal demons in the process. The novel was previously adapted into a 1990 miniseries.
The film stars Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Nicholas Hamilton. Principal photography began in the Riverdale neighborhood of Toronto on June 27, 2016, and ended on September 21, 2016. Other Ontario locations included Port Hope and Oshawa.
It premiered in Los Angeles on September 5, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on September 8, 2017. Upon release, the film set numerous box office records and grossed $700 million worldwide. Unadjusted for inflation, it is the highest-grossing horror film and the fourth-highest-grossing R-rated film (after the Deadpool films and The Matrix Reloaded), as well as the most profitable horror film. It received positive reviews, with critics praising the performances, direction, cinematography and musical score, with many calling it one of the best Stephen King adaptations.
A sequel, It: Chapter Two, is scheduled to be released on September 6, 2019.
In October 1988, Bill Denbrough, suffering from the flu, gives his seven-year-old brother, Georgie, a paper sailboat. Georgie sails the boat along the rainy streets of small town Derry, and is disappointed when it falls down a storm drain. As he attempts to retrieve it, Georgie sees a clown in the sewer, who introduces himself as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. The clown entices Georgie to come closer, then severs his arm and drags him into the sewer.
The following summer, Bill and his friends—Richie Tozier, Eddie Kaspbrak, and Stan Uris—run afoul of older bully Henry Bowers and his gang. Bill, still haunted by Georgie's disappearance and the resulting neglect from his grief-stricken parents, believes that his brother's body may have washed up in a marshy wasteland called the Barrens. He recruits his friends to investigate, hoping his brother may still be alive.
As the days go by, they befriend Ben Hanscom, a young, overweight boy who has spent most of his time studying Derry's history and discovered that the town has been plagued by mysterious deaths and child disappearances for centuries, after he is attacked by the Bowers gang and pursued by Patrick Hockstetter, who gets killed by Pennywise while searching for Ben in the sewers, Beverly Marsh, a girl ostracized over rumors of promiscuity whom Ben and Bill develop feelings for, and Mike Hanlon, an African-American homeschool outsider, who they also rescue from Bowers.
Throughout the summer, they each encounter various terrifying sights, including a diseased rotting man, a fountain of blood, a headless boy, a creepy painting coming alive, Mike's parents burning alive, a phantom Georgie, and the clown who attacked him, as kids continue to disappear. Now calling themselves "The Losers Club", they all realize they are being terrorized by the same creature. They conclude that "It" takes the form of their greatest fears, and only comes out every 27 years to feed on the people of Derry, mostly kids, before going to sleep, and sneaks around using sewer lines, which all lead to a well currently under the abandoned house at 29 Neibolt Street. After being attacked by Pennywise, they go to the house to face him, only to be separated and terrorized, resulting in Eddie's arm getting broken and Ben being injured. Beverly manages to repel Pennywise by impaling him through the head. Eddie's mom accuses Bill and the others of getting her son hurt, and after a squabble, Richie, Stan, Ben, and Mike back out, while Bill and Beverly are the only ones still willing to take action.
A few weeks later, in August, Pennywise kidnaps Beverly after she seemingly murders her abusive father, Alvin. Bill rounds up the others, and they go back to the Neibolt house to save her. Henry Bowers, who killed his father after being manipulated by It, attacks them, but Mike pushes Bowers down the well to his supposed death. They journey into the sewers and find Pennywise's underground hideout, containing countless circus props and children's belongings around which the missing children float in mid-air, along with Beverly, who has gone into a catatonic coma after being exposed to Pennywise's true form; fortunately Ben revives Beverly by kissing her. Bill then encounters Georgie, but realizes he is Pennywise in disguise. Pennywise attacks the group and takes Bill hostage, offering to spare the others if they let It keep Bill. The Losers reject this and restore their friendship, overcoming their various fears. After a brief battle, they defeat Pennywise and he retreats, with Bill declaring that It will starve during his hibernation. Bill then discovers Georgie's raincoat, and, now knowing his brother really is dead, he and his friends mourn him.
In September, as summer comes to a close, Beverly tells the others about a vision she had while catatonic, in which they were facing Pennywise as adults. Bill, Beverly, Eddie, Stan, Mike, Richie, and Ben make a blood oath by cutting the palms of their hands and forming a circle, vowing to return to Derry as adults and destroy Pennywise for good if he ever comes back. Stanley, Eddie, Richie, Mike, and Ben bid farewell to Bill and Beverly. Beverly says that she is leaving to live with her aunt in Portland the next morning. Bill shares a kiss with Beverly as she leaves.
- Jaeden Lieberher as Bill Denbrough
- Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise/IT
- Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh
- Finn Wolfhard as Richie Tozier
- Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben Hanscom
- Chosen Jacobs as Mike Hanlon
- Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie Kaspbrak
- Wyatt Oleff as Stan Uris
- Nicholas Hamilton as Henry Bowers
- Owen Teague as Patrick Hockstetter
- Logan Thompson as Victor "Vic" Criss
- Jake Sim as Reginald "Belch" Huggins
- Megan Charpentier as Gretta Keene
- Jackson Robert Scott as Georgie Denbrough
- Pip Dwyer as Sharon Denbrough
- Geoffrey Pounsett as Zack Denbrough
- Steven Williams as Leroy Hanlon
- Stuart Hughes as Oscar Bowers
- Stephen Bogaert as Alvin Marsh
- Ari Cohen as Rabbi Uris
- David Katzenberg as El Aparato
- Tatum Lee as Judith
- Javier Botet as The Leper
- Anthony Ulc as The Butcher
- Carter Musselman as Headless Boy
- Katie Lunman as Betty Ripsom
- Joe Bostick as Mr. Keene
- Edie Inksetter as The Hostess
Kajganich project (2009–2010)
Fukunaga project (2012–2015)
Muschietti project (2015–2017)
Differences from the novel and the miniseries
- Script error at AllMovie
- Script error at Box Office Mojo
- Script error at Rotten Tomatoes
- Script error at Metacritic