If you saw It and you're already planning your Losers' Club Halloween outfit or you've been combing through the original Stephen King book for more answers, you probably want as much info about the upcoming sequel you can get. And chances are you're not alone because the movie is totally killing it at the box office. Even if you still have creepy visions of Pennywise dancing in your head, that doesn't mean it's too soon to start thinking ahead, and there are a few It sequel spoilers that should definitely hold you over. Hopefully we won't have to wait 27 years to see the movie.
The next installment of the It story is apparently in the works, but we probably have to sit tight patiently to see it on the big screen. If you're familiar with the 1990 miniseries starring Tim Curry you might be aware that that adaptation told the complete story of both the pre-teen and adult versions of Losers' Club. It also clocked in at almost 200 minutes, so we don't blame the theatrical release for being split into two (or more?) parts. The studio is only starting to get things going on what's being called Chapter Two, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, we likely won't see a release until 2019.
But don't let that long wait scare you. There's some good news. Even though the second chapter will take place in present day, the amazing cast of kids will return with the help of some sort of time jump situation.
"There will be a dialogue between the two timelines, which is something that I love from the book," director Andy Muschietti shared with Yahoo! Movies. "So it's not just the [Losers' Club as] adults, we're going to come back to 1989."
Thank you, flashbacks.
The second chapter of Stephen King's novel focuses on the now grown-up versions of the Derry, Maine kids who once banded together to defeat fear and evil in the form of The Dancing Clown. Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the 1990 version or read the book, and don't say we didn't warn you.... Mike is now the town librarian, and his investigation into Pennywise is the impetus for getting the band of misfits back together after all those years.
“My idea of Mike in the second movie is quite darker from the book," Andy revealed further EW. “I want to make his character the one pivotal character who brings them all together, but staying in Derry took a toll with him. I want him to be a junkie actually. A librarian junkie. When the second movie starts, he's a wreck.”
It will be interesting to see who will play the 40 plus-aged cast members in the sequel, though no word has been announced about the actors on the short list. Jaeden Lieberher, who plays tween Bill in the first movie, already has an idea when it comes to who should take on his fictional adult self. "I think Ewan McGregor would be interesting. I don't want to offend him or anything, but he might be too old. I love Ewan McGregor, and I think he's a great actor. I think he could play Bill very well," he told Variety. Hey, it's hard to disagree with that. You hear that, casting directors?
While Pennywise is the key piece to this horrifying puzzle, will the man-behind-the-makeup Bill Skarsgard float back to reprise the role? Clearly he's a necessary ingredient.
"I am attached to it but that's all I can say, we're in the early stages and I'm talking to Andy about it and figuring out what It will be. It's a different story but I'm excited to delve in deeper to the character as there's more exploration for who Pennywise is," the actor told Metro.
We're excited to learn more about Pennywise's origins and be reunited with the Losers of Derry, even if we'll have to put our brave pants on and face our fears alongside their adult selves. Yikes.
Can't wait? If you need something in the meantime and you haven't checked out the 1986 novel, just listen to Stephen King.
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