During Warner Bros’ presentation at CinemaCon, IT: Chapter Two director Andrés Muschietti teased the tone that the film will have. Last year was a good one for the horror genre, with films like Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Muschietti’s take on Stephen King’s novel IT not only dominating the box office but also gaining praise from critics and audiences alike.
IT: Chapter One covers half the story from the novel, following a group of kids self-named “The Losers Club” as they come across an evil shape-shifting entity, whose preferred form is that of Pennywise, the Dancing Clown (played by Bill Skarsgård). The sequel, appropriately titled IT: Chapter Two, will cover the second half of the novel, taking us back to Derry, 27 years after the events in the first film. Although we still have over a year to go before the release of the sequel, Muschietti is already preparing audiences for the tone the film will have.
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Among the material shown (and teased) by Warner Bros. during their panel at Cinem Con was that of IT: Chapter 2, with Muschietti teasing it is “going to be scarier and more intense,” and even advising the audience to “bring your adult diapers.” The studio also teased the beginning of production this summer, but didn’t reveal any details.
IT: Chapter 2 will introduce the adult version of the Losers as they go back to Derry to confront IT (and with this their deepest fears) one more time. While there have been a lot of rumors and tons of fan-casting for these adult characters, there are no names confirmed yet – though there are three that have been attached to the project. First is Jessica Chastain, whose involvement has been heavily rumored since the sequel was confirmed and it's been reported that she is in talks to take on the role of Bev Marsh. Most recently, it was reported that James McAvoy and Bill Hader are in talks to star as Bill Denbrough and Richie Tozier, respectively.
The only names confirmed for the sequel are the young versions of the Losers Club, as the film will feature a few flashbacks (after all, the novel jumps back and forth between past and present), and – of course – Skarsgård reprising his role as Pennywise. As for plot details and plans for the story, Muschietti has previously shared his plans to give a darker storyline for Mike, while Skarsgård hopes it will explore the mind of IT.
IT: Chapter Two will start filming this summer in Toronto, aiming for a September 2019 release. As the production date approaches, more details will be revealed, and hopefully it won’t be long until the studio reveals the main cast and other names that will join the story.
Source: Erik Davis
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