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- The first “It” film, an adaptation of Stephen King‘s 1986 novel, was released in 2017 and became an instant hit.
- “It Chapter Two” is a sequel to the 2017 film, and will be released in September of this year.
- The sequel promises plenty of scares and lots of familiar faces, in addition to new terrors.
- Here’s everything we know about “It Chapter Two.”
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The big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel crushed it at the box office, becoming the biggest movie debut in the month of September and the highest-grossing horror movie ever made, according to Box Office Mojo.
After dominating at the worldwide box office, the movie’s sequel, “It Chapter Two” was announced within weeks of its initial release. Here’s everything we know about the forthcoming film, which will hit theaters on September 6.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
‘It’ saw unprecedented success, especially for a September release, and ‘Chapter Two’ will bring horror fans back to the theater after Labor Day
September is typically considered a “dump month” in cinemas, largely because summer vacations are over, kids are back to school, and big-budget blockbusters are on their way out for the season.
But just as “It” defied expectations by becoming the highest-grossing horror movie and the biggest September debut in box office history, “It Chapter Two” will help bring life to a typically sluggish month at the movies.
The first film only told half the story and the sequel will chronicle the second part of it
King’s novel spans two different time periods: the summer of 1958, when the Losers Club are kids, and 27 years later, in the summer of 1985, when they’re adults.
Since the first film chronicled the first half, set instead in 1989, the second half will pick up in 2016, bringing the Losers Club back to modern-day Derry, this time as adults determined to ward off evil for good and prevent another rash of killings.
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We’ll see plenty of familiar faces, along with the original cast of child actors
Director Andy Muschietti is back on board for “Chapter Two” and he told Entertainment Weekly in 2017 that even though the sequel will focus on Pennywise’s return to Derry in 2016, we’ll still see all the younger kids by way of flashback scenes.
“On the second movie, that dialogue between timelines will be more present,” he said. “If we’re telling the story of adults, we are going to have flashbacks that take us back to the ’80s and inform the story in the present day.”
There are several familiar faces playing the Losers all grown up, including Jessica Chastain as Beverly, James McAvoy as Bill, and Bill Hader as Richie.
Bill Skarsgård will reprise his role as Pennywise the Clown and Jackson Robert Scott will return as the dearly departed Georgie in the form of It.
Warner Bros. released a three-minute long teaser trailer on May 10
In a teaser trailer released by Warner Bros. on May 10, Chastain’s Bev can be seen visiting her old childhood home, where the unsettling Mrs. Kersh now resides. The elderly woman is a character from the novel that fans will surely remember.
Beverly is invited in for tea, quickly growing uneasy by the old family photos on the walls, in which she spots Pennywise more than once.
“You know what they say about Derry – no one who dies here ever really dies,” Mrs. Kersh chillingly tells her, revealing a glimpse of her rotting flesh beneath her blouse.
As Mrs. Kersh tells her about her father that joined the circus after coming to the United States, things get downright terrifying, proving that the scares will remain aplenty in the next installment.
Beverly can also be seen reunited with the Losers Club as they see flashback reflections of themselves as children, as they revisit their old stomping grounds to try and take It down.
There are several familiar elements, including Georgie’s yellow raincoat, his handmade paper boat in the sewer drain, and missing person signs scattered around the buildings of Derry. And, yes, there is no shortage of floating red balloons to go around.
The crew is back in town after learning about It’s latest killing spree
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter after the teaser trailer was released, screenwriter Gary Dauberman revealed that the story will “try to be true to the novel.” Although we’ll have to wait and see just how true to the book’s second act the sequel will stay, we do know a few tidbits about what to expect, plot-wise.
Dauberman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that a brutal hate crime scene from the novel in which a gay character named Adrian Mellon (Xavier Dolan) is violently attacked by homophobic kids will be featured in the film.
He said, “It is the first attack in present-day Derry and sets the stage for what Derry has become. It is the influence of Pennywise even while he is hibernating, and it’s pure evil what happens to Adrian. These bullies working through Pennywise was important for us to show.”
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Screenwriter Gary Dauberman told Cinema Blend that the Losers Club as adults will defeat Pennywise in a metaphysical ritual called ‘the Ritual of Chüd,’ taken directly from the book
“The Ritual of Chüd is challenging, but it’s such an important component to the book that we had to address it,” Dauberman said.
“That stuff is difficult to balance, but because [director Andy Muschietti, producer Barbara Muschietti and I] worked with each other before, when I’m writing pages and all that stuff it becomes more of a conversation and less like, ‘Hey, here’s what I did.’ It’s sort of organic; it’s really kind of just chipping away at the stone and trying to find the most focused, accessible way into some of more metaphysical aspects of that book.”
Another iconic scene from the book in which the adult Losers Club meets at a Chinese restaurant will be part of the film, as Dauberman told SlashFilm in September 2018.
He also confirmed to THR that Beverly’s experiences with domestic violence will be part of the plot, and she can be seen with bruises on her arm in the teaser trailer.
Horror fans should expect plenty of gore and graphic imagery
Though it hasn’t received an official MPAA rating just yet, it seems likely that “Chapter Two” will follow in the footsteps of “It” and receive an R rating.
“In the movie, there’s a scene that someone said on set that it’s the most blood that’s ever been in a horror film in a scene. And I’ll tell you, the next day I was like pulling blood out of my eyeballs. Fake blood,” they said.
Dauberman confirmed the levels of blood, telling THR that “Chapter Two” is “definitely bloodier than the first and it is just as scary, if not scarier. The two movies feel like a complete whole. This feels like a natural progression and extension of the first.”
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The movie is currently in post-production and King is on board
Filming on “It Chapter Two” fittingly wrapped on Halloween 2018, per an Instagram post from director Andy Muschietti, and IMDb lists it as in post-production. Ahead of the teaser trailer, King tweeted, “I’ve seen it, and it’s terrific.”
So far, it seems ‘It Chapter Two’ will be the end of the story
Per a tweet from the film’s official Twitter account, it seems this will not be a trilogy, with Dauberman seemingly confirming this to SlashFilm.
“No, this is a complete story,” he said. “The ending I think will satisfy the audience and maybe break their hearts a little bit.”