Stephen King's It: Exciting new stills revealed

Tim Curry's Pennywise in the 1990 TV miniseries.
Tim Curry's Pennywise in the 1990 TV miniseries. Photo credit: Newshub.

New images have surfaced from Andy Muschietti's upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 novel, It.

Despite the disappointment that followed The Dark Tower, fans are hopeful about Muschietti's take on It, and the photos look promising.

Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise.
Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise. Photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Bill Skarsgard is set to play the terrifying Pennywise, an eternal, shape-shifting evil being that takes the form of a clown to lurk in the crevices of Derry's dark underworld. 

Skarsgard, known for Netflix's Hemlock Grove, is taking over the iconic role from Tim Curry, who played the part in the 1990 miniseries.

The pressure to recreate such a famous pop-culture figure is high. Muschietti says the challenge in making It believable lies in making the deranged clown present.

"It's not like one of those movies where you can hide the monster," says Muschietti. "He's front and centre, he does his show and he has an act. He is a clown."

The only challenge to Pennywise is The Losers - a young group of vulnerable, abused misfits and the only ones in Derry able to see It.

The Losers.
The Losers. Photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures/EW

It is set to release in New Zealand September 7.