Spoilers ahead for IT!
I’m not ashamed to admit I was one of the millions of Stephen King fans lured into a dark theater to see IT on its opening weekend, and also one of the millions of reasons it’s already added a staggering $123 million to Pennywise’s subterranean stash.
Unlike the Dark Tower remake that strayed too far from the twisted fantasy-sci-fi epic often called King’s magnum opus, IT stayed true to the book that made so many readers terrified of clowns even before Tim Curry jumped onscreen in that ridiculous rainbow clown suit and flashed the fanged grin that would birth an entirely new generation of coulrophobes. Fans abandoned their quest for the Tower too soon after learning it strayed from its source material, but materialized again in the lurid glow of a movie that stayed true to King’s bizarre multiverse.
So where does the Losers’ Club go from here? Anyone familiar with the 1990 TV miniseries knows that it was presented in a series of flashbacks had by the former junior high outcasts, but director Andy Muschietti’s approach was to emerge in the past and then flash forward. And backward. Even those who have never dared open the book or watch the previous iteration should have known something was coming when they hear the disembodied laugh of a crazed clown who should have been vaporized when his head got impaled—except he wasn’t.
Chapter 2 will open 27 years after the Losers’ Club took a blood oath to return to Derry if the diabolical thing that morphed into their worst fears somehow resurrected itself.
“On the second movie, that dialogue between timelines will be more present,” Muschietti told Entertainment Weekly. “If we’re telling the story of adults, we are going to have flashbacks that take us back to the ‘80s and inform the story in the present day.”
There will still be flashbacks. The insecure, often hilarious and uncommonly brave teens who fought this evil entity will appear as memories of the trauma that has haunted Bill and his friends since 1989. More than just throwbacks, what happened to the characters as kids will have a huge impact on what they undergo as adults. The film is already in development, and though New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. haven’t officially signed off on the project, we all know they will or they’ll float, too.
While casting is still up in the air, Muschietti and his co-producers are considering who the kids who spent their whole summer demon-hunting would grow up into. There have already been whispers of Jessica Chastain or Amy Adams being Bev. And Ben, who ends up as an architect (foreshadowed by that model of his which he struggles to get on his bike while keeping his headphones on)? Possibly Chris Pratt. While there are no casting rumors about who will play the adult Stan Uris or Mike Hanlon, there are dark undertones. Stan remains beyond traumatized. Mike stays behind as the unofficial watchman, but the bloodstained history of Derry entwined with his own tragic past wrecks him in ways he couldn’t have predicted.
“My idea of Mike in the second movie is quite darker from the book,” the director said. “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.”
Mike still manages to demystify out an eerily Lovecraftian spell that could possibly defeat Pennywise. Too many mind-altering drugs can do that.
(via Entertainment Weekly)