IT Is Rated R
Despite the fact that violence towards children can be a no-go with the MPAA, the creative team didn’t have to hold back. The studio wanted the film to be R and that was the plan from the beginning.
They wanted to keep the 80s setting because they lived through that time period. “King writes what he knows, we try to film what we know. We grew up in the 80s. We wanted to do a very rounded 80s and not a caricaturesque 80s, and we can do that because we know the period very well,” said Barbara Muschietti.