Port Hope eyed for remake of Stephen King’s ‘It’
PORT HOPE -- Pennywise the Clown could be terrorizing the streets of Port Hope this summer.
Third Act Productions has applied to film interior and exterior scenes of the upcoming feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘It’ in the Municipality of Port Hope.
Based on the novel of the same name, ‘It’ follows seven young friends in 1989 who spend their summer battling an evil presence lurking beneath their small town.
The novel was adapted into a two-part ABC mini-series in 1990 starring Tim Curry in the titular role.
According to Variety, Will Poulter (‘We’re the Millers, The Revenant’) was last reported to don the red nose in Cary Fukunaga’s (‘True Detective Season One’) latest adaptation.
Filming is slated for various locations around the municipality between Monday, July 11 and Monday, July 18.
Filming times are currently to be determined, but the production company is requesting to shoot from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. If the application is approved, the production company said it will have a “heavy” presence in the community.
“We are sensitive to the complexities of filming on location and we are aware that we are guests in your neighbourhood,” the production company wrote in a notice to residents. “Because of this, we endeavour to make it as uneventful an experience as possible for the residents and businesses closest to our work area and the neighbourhood in general.”
The production company has found potential locations to shoot, mostly in the downtown area. Here’s a preliminary shooting schedule:
Monday, July 11
• Port Hope Town Hall
• Memorial Park cenotaph
• Queen Street between Walton and Robertson streets
• Capitol Theatre
Tuesday, July 12
• Intersection of Mill and Walton streets
• Walton Street bridge
• In front and behind 16-22 Walton Street
• Port Hope Town Hall
Wednesday, July 13
• Queen Street between Walton and Roberston streets
• Memorial Park
Thursday, July 14
• The alley between Gould’s Shoe’s and Avanti Hair Design
• John and Hayward streets
Friday, July 15
• Cavan Street between Highland Drive and Ravine Drive
• Victoria Street South between Trafalgar Street and Sullivan Street
Monday, July 18
• Watson’s Guardian Drugs
The municipality’s current policy doesn’t allow filming in the downtown area between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. So if the production company intends to use Port Hope as its backdrop, council will have to adopt changes to its film policy in order to allow filming downtown.
If approved, businesses that may be affected will have to privately negotiate with the production company for loss of business compensation.
Thanks to Dimitris Tso