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How 'It' Succeeds Where Others Have Failed

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We live in an era of Hollywood announcing new franchises, universes, and the like on what feels like a daily basis. Comic books, older genre-film characters, and now well-loved horror novels, among others, have been fertile ground for executives to will into existence new series of films that will hopefully go over well with audiences. The new horror adaptation It (styled IT: Chapter One in the final moments) is largely no different. Anyone familiar with the 1986 Stephen King novel knows the massive tome spends as much time on the adult versions of the main characters as it does on their younger selves. So instead of turning the book into one movie, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema have split it in half. At least for now, that’s a surprisingly successful creative choice.

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