A few weeks back, IT — an adaptation of the Stephen King Novel of the same name — hit theaters. While the novel has stood the test of time for a few decades, and it has a sizable fan base that would have pushed it to be successful, its performance went above and beyond anyone’s wildest expectations.
The film was originally projected to hit around $60 million in its opening weekend, it blew open the box office with a whopping $123 million — far outpacing any predictions made up until that point.
Though those who saw the movie knew that while it was a great film, it wasn’t the full story. At the end of the film, the title IT: Chapter One popped up, basically telling those who didn’t read the book that there was still more story to tell. In fact, those who have been following the movie knew from day one the filmmakers were hoping to make a second film, but whether or not they’d go through with it would depend on the performance of that first one.
Of course, we now know that the movie did more than well enough to justify a sequel (so far $478 million worldwide). Now, it was just a matter of the studio actually announcing it.
And announce it they did. The studio has announced that both Pennywise and the Losers Club will return in IT: Chapter Two on September 6, 2019.
All the original producers are set to return, and one of its writers, Gary Daubermen, is also returning to pen this sequel. Currently, director Andy Muschietti is still in talks, but it’d be a strange move for them NOT to lock him down.
We’ll have to wait for their official on Muschietti returning, but with his wife, Barbara returning as producer, we think the odds are in his favor.
In terms of the time table, I think it’s a good move for them to shoot for the same time in two years. First of all, we know it’s a good date, based on the fact that it’s near Halloween, and it served the first entry well. Second, we know the filmmakers were hard at work on planning the sequel already, so giving them this buffer to make sure the script is as good as it needs to be, rather than rushing it out to production in early January is probably the best way to guarantee its quality, which could be a problem for this second movie. Why, you ask?
While IT: Chapter Two will tell the other part of Stephen King’s story, it’s historically also the part of the story that’s less enticing for viewers. In the original novel, the two timelines are told concurrently, so when the climax comes, it’s from both the kid and adult timeline, and therefore each one is amplified in importance. However, in the 1990 miniseries, they were forced to essentially replicate certain beats in a way that made it feel repetitive and less inspired. Plus without the ability to coat on the nostalgia, it certainly makes for a less engaging watch.
Needless to say, they’ll have a lot to overcome with this second film, and this extra time is time worth taking for both the studio in terms of locking down good reviews and word of mouth, and audiences, who want a good moviegoing experience.
IT: Chapter Two hits theaters on September 6, 2019.
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