With Stephen King’s IT releasing in theaters this past weekend and its monetary success so far, new details have emerged surrounding its sequel. Warning: SPOILERS for IT and its sequel ahead.
Entertainment Weekly has provided new details surrounding the sequel:
- The film ends with the words “IT” and “Chapter 1” on the screen and the sequel will be the second and final chapter, focusing on the children as adults. The film features a post-credit scene of Pennywise giggling, obviously surviving the encounter with the Losers Club.
- Flashbacks will connect present day in Chapter 2 with events at the time of Chapter 1.
- Although the sequel isn’t official yet, with the staggeringly high opening weekend gross of $123 million compared to a budget and anticipated opening weekend of less than $50 million, a sequel is likely to be greenlit very soon.
- Actors for the adult-versions of the Losers Club have not yet been cast. They are willing to cast “unknown actors” if they cannot find more famous actors who look like their kid counterparts.
- Andy Muschietti, the film’s director, says Mike Hanlon (Chosen Jacobs), the kid who stayed behind and was attacked by a group of racist bullies, will be affected both mentally and physically by the assault on him. The film’s character will take a darker route than Stephen King’s direction for him in the novel, instead being a “librarian junkie” as opposed to just a librarian. Muschietti describes him as “a wreck” in the beginning of the sequel. Hanlon will still play a key role in the defeat of Pennywise but is likely to have a different dynamic with other characters and the plot than in the book. Mike has “figured out the Ritual of Chüd,” a spell that can truly kill Pennywise and the way he figures this ritual out is likely to be through his drug use in some way.
- The adult version of Stan Uris (Wyatt Oleff) will kill himself rather than return to battle Pennywise again. Muschietti says, “There is something in the future for him, taking his own life, that finds its seed in this film. He is the one who doesn’t want to accept what’s going on. And being the one who didn’t want to participate he gets the worst part.” The event that traumatizes him in the first film is the attack on him by It taking the form of the “creepy woman from his father’s study.” Barbara Muschietti, the film’s screenwriter says, “The thing about Stan is he doesn’t bend. He breaks.”
- Pennywise will of course be returning played by Bill Skarsgård.
IT is now in theaters, rated R.
IT– Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.