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Tim Curry appears as Pennywise the clown in a scene from the ABC mini-series It in 1990. - Provided courtesy of ABC / Warner Bros. Television

Stephen King's 'It,' about evil clown, to be adapted into 2 films

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06/08/2012 by Corinne Heller

Stephen King's horror novel "It," which centers around a sadistic clown killer, is coming to the big screen.

Warner Bros. Pictures plans to release a two-part film that will be directed by Cary Fukunaga, The Hollywood Reporter said, adding that he will co-write the script with Chase Palmer. The cast has not been announced.

The 1986 novel is about seven young social outcasts in the town of Derry in Maine who are terrorized in the 1950s by an evil shape-shifting demon killer, dubbed "It," who appears in the form of "Pennywise, the Dancing Clown." He then resurfaces in the 1980s, when the children are adults.

"It" was made into a 1990 mini-series that aired on ABC. Tim Curry of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" played the clown. The mini-series also starred Annette O'Toole, Tim Reid, Richard Thomas, Seth Green, "Three's Company" actor John Ritter and Jonathan Brandis. The latter two actors died in 2003.

Fukunaga also directed the 2011 movie "Jane Eyre," based on Charlotte Bronte's 1847 novel, and is also a new HBO crime drama series called "True Detectives," which stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

Tim Curry appears as Pennywise the clown in a scene from the ABC mini-series "It" in 1990.

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