$123 million. Say it again, $123 million! The opening weekend numbers for the big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s IT has blown away all expectations. That’s double the already high numbers predicted for the long awaited film, and for many theater goers, especially those who know the book, the one question the want answered is when will we see the IT sequel.
Entertainment Weekly reporter Anthony Breznican spoke with producer/director Andy Muschietti and his sister and co-producer Barbara Muschietti to bring us a few of the details for the highly anticipated sequel.
First off, the sequel hasn’t actually been given the green light for production, yet, though it’s anticipated to come soon. I mean…$123 million? OF COURSE, the second chapter of the King classic will make its way to the screen, and the script is already being finessed and prepared for shooting.
While the adult versions of the Losers Club did not appear in this film, and actually haven’t been cast yet, the child actors who portrayed the central characters will return to the sequel in flashbacks, but they’ll also be integral to the storytelling of the second half because those childhood experiences inform who these characters are as adults. This also puts a bit of a rush on that sequel green light because they won’t want the child actors to have aged too much to sustain continuity.
Muschietti also told EW that the second half of the IT story will include a much darker set of circumstances for Mike Hanlon who stays behind as the other members of the Losers Club flee the town of Derry despite their vow to fight the evil should it ever rise again. The director says that he envisions Mike with a serious drug problem due to the trauma of staying and enduring the evil that resides in Derry on a daily basis.
One thing seems certain, however, with the success of this film and the positive response from fans and critics alike. Good storytelling makes good movies regardless of genre and IT will very well go down in history as the most successful big screen adaptation of a Stephen King novel. Period.
Now, let’s set our clocks to countdown to IT Chapter 2.
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Photo Credit: Brooke Palmer Caption: BILL SKARSGÅRD as Pennywise in New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “IT,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.)