With all the buzz over this weekend’s big release of Stephen King’s It, there’s been a lot of talk about a possible sequel, but thus far that’s all it’s been: talk. Now it seems we’re finally getting something in writing.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there's now the first official sign that things are moving forward, as New Line has “quietly closed a deal” with Gary Dauberman to write what’s being referred to as “Chapter Two.” Also set to return are producers Barbara Muschietti, Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith, and David Katzenberg.
Dauberman (along with Chase Palmer and Cary Fukunaga) is credited with writing the first film, after being brought in late on the project, just after director Andy Muschietti was hired. He also penned New Line horror winners Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, and July 2018’s The Conjuring spin-off, The Nun.
Though Muschietti hasn’t officially signed on for the sequel yet, THR says he’s “waiting in the wings.” And his lack of a deal hasn’t stopped him from discussing the next chapter, particularly with actor Bill Skarsgård, about his frightening character Pennywise being the focus of the next film.
Of course, it’s not really a big surprise that New Line has been planning a sequel all along, what with the structure of the first film only covering the childhood years of the Pennywise resistance — and with It set to break box office records this weekend.
The second film is expected to feature the young protagonists all grown up. Though Muschietti has already stated the kids in Chapter Two will be seen in flashbacks, whether the young actors (see below) from the first film will be utilized for new footage is yet to be known. If so, the production will have to act quickly so they don’t look too much older for Chapter Two. Either way, THR says a 2019 release date is “likely.”
Assuming you survive the first It, are you excited for Chapter Two?