|Box office||$701.8 million|
|Stephen King character|
|Top: Tim Curry as Pennywise in the 1990 miniseries Bottom: Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise in the 2017 film|
|First appearance||It (1986)|
|Created by||Stephen King|
In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.
Considering the vast following and obsession for the IT movie series, Warner Bros. might come up with a third sequel. … The first movie came out in 2017, and the second chapter came out in 2019. If we follow the chronology, we can expect IT Chapter 3 to be released somewhere between 2022 and 2023.
Derry is a fictional town in the U.S. state of Maine that has served as the setting for a number of Stephen King’s novels, novellas, and short stories. Derry first appeared in King’s 1981 short story “The Bird and the Album” and has reappeared as recently as his 2011 novel 11/22/63.
IT and IT: Chapter Two
Image via Warner Bros. While the film is set in the fictitious town of Derry, ME, it was actually shot in Port Hope, a small town outside of Toronto. Both “IT” and “IT: Chapter Two” were filmed here, while many of the scenes were also filmed in the Toronto area.
Throughout Stephen King’s It, Pennywise is referred to as a male, but author Stephen King pulled a fast one on readers in the book’s ending by revealing the creature’s true form was a pregnant spider, implying that it is, in fact, biologically female.
In it, the main group of 11- and 12-year-old kids—known as The Losers’ Club—gets lost in the sewers after temporarily defeating IT. In order to find their way out, they all have sex with the lone female member of the group as a sort of ritual.
The short answer is: yes. At the end of the 1986 novel, the Losers descend back into Derry’s sewers and, facing off against It in the form of a giant female spider, challenge it to the Ritual of Chüd (more on that in a second) and ultimately crush Its heart, destroying the creature once and for all.
Produced by Green/Epstein Productions, It was filmed over a period of three months in New Westminster, British Columbia in mid-1990 with a budget of $12 million, double the usual television budget.
November 18, 1990 (USA)
Filming took place in various locations in the downtown and around Port Hope throughout the summer of 2016 and 2018 for the sequel. Downtown Port Hope was set dressed to represent Derry, Maine in 1989. American flags were flying and some business names were changed during filming! Explore the walking tour map below.
Titanic was filmed in Canada. During the real sinking of the Titanic in 1912, the closest port was Halifax, Nova Scotia. While filming the movie they decided to film all their ocean scenes near the real iceberg that the Titanic crashed into.
Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.
Much of the location work was done in and around Port Hope during summer 2018, as the town stood in for the fictional Derry, Maine; signs and decor were changed as necessary. The Town Hall exterior was used as the Derry Library. Some exterior shots of the hotel were filmed at the town’s Hotel Carlyle.
Scottish Highlands. Many of the movies’ exterior shots — especially scenes of the Hogwarts grounds — were filmed in the craggy, cloudy Highlands of Scotland (mostly in the Fort William/Glencoe area). The Hogwarts Express runs along the actual Jacobite Steam Train line (between Fort William and Mallaig).
Set in King’s fictitious town of ‘Derry, Maine’, the film was made, like the TV version in Canada, though this time around Toronto, Ontario, rather than Vancouver, BC. There’s such a sense of the place, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the whole film was made around Port Hope.
While it’s unclear if it was ever shot, a deleted scene from the IT 2017 script saw Pennywise actually eat a baby in front of its mother. There are lots of disturbing scenes in Stephen King’s original IT novel. Anyone who’s read that gargantuan tome can readily attest to that fact.