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August 13, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT

Stranger Things drew comparisons to Stephen King with its debut, and now It is returning the favor. Dan Lin, a producer on the upcoming remake from director Andrés Muschietti, says the latest King adaptation will be like the Netflix hit with nods to ’80s filmography. 

“I think a great analogy is actually Stranger Things, and we’re seeing it on Netflix right now,” Lin told Collider. “It’s very much an homage to ’80s movies, whether it’s classic Stephen King or even [Steven] Spielberg. Think about Stand by Me as far as the bonding amongst the kids. But there is a really scary element in Pennywise.”

From Matt and Ross Duffer, Stranger Things followed three boys on a mission to find their missing friend, who drew them into a supernatural mystery centered around a strange girl named Eleven.

Referring to films like The Goonies and the original It, the Duffer brothers wrote in a story for EW, “We were pretty ordinary kids growing up in the suburbs of North Carolina, and when we watched these films and read these books, it made us feel like our rather normal lives had the potential for adventure.”

Working with a cast that includes Bill Skarsgård as the demonic clown Pennywise, Lin said the crew finished shooting most of the kids’ work and are moving now to Pennywise. “Each kid, like a Goonies or Stand By Me, has a very specific personality and they’re forming the loser’s club obviously,” he said. “And now finally the evil force is coming into our movie. We’ve spent a few months getting the kids to bond and now they’re going to fight this evil, scary clown.”

It, only telling the first portion of the King story, is scheduled for theaters on Sept. 8, 2017. Plans for a sequel are tentative. 

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