Coulrophobiacs, look away now – because it looks like Pennywise is here to stay. As It rakes in one of the biggest openings for horror films in modern history, the cogs are turning on the sequel for Stephen King’s It. Here’s what we know about It 2, from release date to casting details.
Spoilers for It below
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When is It 2 being released?
It 2 will be released on September 6, 2019.
Has It 2 begun production?
On June 19, actor James McAvoy confirmed that production had started with a post on Instagram. “DAY 1 on IT 2” he captioned the snap. It doesn’t give much more away than that though, with McAvoy focusing on his on-set snack of choice: a Dairylea cheese triangle. See the post below.
A script was due to be finished for the next instalment in January 2018, according to insiders Den of Geek. Currently in the frame to be behind the camera for It 2 is Andy Muschietti, who directed It. Speaking to MTV, he said he’d be “very, very happy about doing Chapter Two”. None of this has been confirmed officially but it’d be a shock if they didn’t follow the formula that has already worked.
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What’s going to happen in It 2?
Naturally, being a book that was released in 1986 – we already know the ending of Stephen King’s bloody-long novel. But for those not in the loop: here’s a quick refresher about the premise. After defeating Pennywise in the first chapter the group agree to return to Derry as adults should It ever return to their hometown. In an after credits scene, we hear Pennywise’s maniacal laugh, confirming that the monster has survived the kids’ beating.
Lo and behold, It returns 27 years later to pick off the next generation of kids in Derry, and the kids stay true to their word to take It on all over again. Obviously there’s more to it than just the kids. As adults, much of The Losers Club have moved away from Derry, married, got new jobs and more, all of which play crucial parts in the book’s plot – like Beverly’s relationship with abusive husband Tom, and Bill’s partner Audra.
Speaking to Syfy, Muschietti revealed how the film would incorporate the character Maturin – an ancient turtle and the antithesis of It. “But I think in the second part, the turtle will try to help them. In the second movie, the turtle left a few clues to their childhood that they don’t remember,” he said to them. “They have to retrieve those memories from the summer of 1989, and that’s how we jump back to 1989. The keys to defeating to Pennywise are left in the past, and as adults, they don’t remember.”
One thing that we know will happen is that It’s true form will feature in the climatic showdown. But judging by the 1990 TV/film, It 2 really needs to make sure it’s as terrifying and grim as portrayed in the book
For the sake of spoilers, we’ll leave the premise here. But know this: it’s as terrifying as the first half.
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Who’s going to be in It 2?
Again, cast announcements have been sparse on the next instalment – but if the sequel follows in line with the book, which it should, we’ll be in for a whole new cast. As mentioned, It 2 will tackle the book’s second chapter, which is set 27 years later as the group return as adults.
James McAvoy’s behind-the-scenes photo from the shoot confirmed that the actor will feature in the movie. He’ll feature as the main character, portraying an adult Bill Denbrough.
Speaking to CinemaBlend, the child stars of the film previously suggested several names of who could play their adult versions – which included Christian Bale (Bill), Bill Hader (Richie), Jake Gyllenhaal (Eddie), Joseph Gordon Levitt (Stan), Chris Pratt (Ben), Chadwick Boseman (Mike) and Jessica Chastain (Beverly). This, obviously, is semi-serious, but it doesn’t sound like a bad team, does it?
Chastain has now been reported to be in talks to appear in the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She’s previously worked with Muschietti on the 2013 horror movie Mama, and was also allegedly slated to appear in a post-credit sequence for It, but the clip was scrapped.
According to Variety, McAvoy is set to star as Bill, who was played by Jaeden Lieberher in the first pic, while Hader will take the role of Richie, which was played by Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard in the last film.
This doesn’t mean the kids won’t feature at all. Speaking to MTV, Muschietti revealed that he would want to maintain the similar structure that features in the book, which flits between The Losers Club both as adults and as children.
At present, it’s thought that Muschietti will feature the children in flash-back sequences.
Pennywise, meanwhile, is definitely going to return to wreak havoc on Derry, Maine, once again – just like in the second chapter of the book. Bill Skarsgård, the man who underwent the transformation into the terrifying clown, has been confirmed to return.
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