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Stephen King's scared of those weird real-life clowns showing up in Southern locales, and so are the people behind the upcoming It remake. Well, they're scared that people think it's a secret viral marketing campaign, at least.

"New Line is absolutely not involved in the rash of clown sightings," the studio tells The Hollywood Reporter in a statement of stunning brevity. Couldn't they have thrown some shots at the people spinning theories? Made a good Pennywise joke?

Freaky-ass clown sightings have recently happened in Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee. Speaking to the Bangor Daily News, Stephen King called it a "low-level hysteria." He also had a prediction: “The clown furor will pass, as these things do, but it will come back, because under the right circumstances, clowns really can be terrifying.” 

Last week, director Andy Muschietti and his producer wife Barbara Muschietti both celebrated It wrapping after two months of filming. For every single piece of info you could ever hope to know about the September 2017 film, read our complete guide.

For more horror, watch actor/filmmaker Rider Strong (Cabin Fever, Girl and Boy Meets World) break down his five favorite scary movies for Fuse: