Just in case you were worried about it, It: Chapter Two has been given a release date and will officially come out on Sept. 6, 2019.
That's almost exactly two years after the release earlier this month of the first It, which broke box office records its opening weekend, and last week became the highest grossing horror movie of all time (with $266 million in the bank and counting in the U.S. alone, and a total global gross so far of nearly half a billion).
Although a sequel was always likely, given that the filmmakers only adapted one half of King's mammoth book, It's extraordinary performance with audiences around the world made a second movie a lock.
Andy Muschietti will return to direct, while Gary Dauberman, who penned the later drafts of the first film's screenplay, has reportedly already starting working on the new script. Chapter One focused on the Losers Club as kids, confronting the horror that lives underneath Derry, Maine for the first time; the second film will take place 27 years later, when all but one of them have moved away and largely forgotten about their experiences -- until a phone call summons them back to face the monster once again.
The next big question is who Muschietti casts as the adult members of the Losers' Club. The kids in the first film were almost all perfectly cast, and all relatively unknown. Does Muschietti go with stars or lesser known performers? So far the one name that fans seem to agree on is Jessica Chastain as the adult Beverly -- she's also the favorite of Sophia Lillis, who played young Bev -- although Amy Adams might be a contender as well, speculatively speaking (Amy could also play Bill Denbrough's wife Audra, who looks a lot like Bev).
In addition to picking the right actors again, Muschietti and Dauberman and the filmmaking team will have to figure out just how weird they want to go with the second film -- King's book gets pretty surreal and trippy when it comes to learning the origins of It and its true nature. But those are quality problems to have, and based on the first movie, we feel pretty confident they will find a solution. For now, the long wait until Sept. 6, 2019 begins.