When you think of New Line Cinema you think about “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, right? Me too. So when it was announced that New Line was making “IT” so many thoughts come across your mind, one of which is Pennywise taking the form of Freddy Krueger. Which would be a pretty cool thing to see, Considering during one of the scenes of the movie they were advertising A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors at the cinema. It turns out they actually considered doing it. Durning a conversation involving the subject this is what was said:
“Obviously we considered that for a bit, but I wasn’t too interested in bringing Freddy Krueger into the mix,” Muschietti told the site. “I love the story and I love how Stephen King basically makes a portrait of childhood in the ’50s. He’s very genuine when he brings all the Universal Monsters to the repertoire of incarnation because that’s what kids were afraid of. It would be a natural path to try to recreate that in the ’80s, but I really wasn’t too crazy about bringing stuff like Freddy Krueger into the story. I thought it was a bit too meta with New Line involved in the film. It’s distracting and it didn’t feel right, for some reason.”
He continued, “I wanted to bring fears that were a little more layered and related to childhood trauma and more surprising in general. I think that Stephen King was open to that. When he saw the film I basically wrote a letter to him asking him for forgiveness for having taken so many licenses, especially with the many different incarnations of Pennywise. He said ‘Don’t worry about it. All the changes are great!’”
It would’ve been awesome to see this badassery, but the movie was still great and so enjoyable to watch. It’s still cool they considered doing this.