Clark Duke

The making of a monster hit: How 'It' could change the way Hollywood makes movies

The making of a monster hit: How 'It' could change the way Hollywood makes movies

The Beverly Hills offices of KatzSmith Productions are filled with the kind of treasures one would expect from the company that helped create “It,” currently the highest-grossing horror film of all time at the global box office.

Haunting the conference room is an immense cineplex standee for “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” the 2012 film made from the mash-up novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, who partnered with David Katzenberg to form KatzSmith.

The S.S. Georgie, the paper boat whose maiden voyage into a sewer led to the gruesome death of the tiny owner in “It,” is perched atop a first edition of the Stephen King book that inspired it all. A “Keep Calm and Carry On” sign, among...

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