It became the highest-grossing Stephen King adaptation ever as well as one of the highest grossing movies of 2017. And now it appears the sequel will be on the horizon.
Indiewire reports filming on the It sequel will begin this July. The sequel was originally announced two weeks after the first movie premiered as a response to its box office success. Director Andrés Muschietti will return to the sequel, as will one of the original writer’s of the screenplay, Gary Dauberman.
King’s original It novel covers two time periods: One where the main characters are children, and then 27 years laters when they’re adults. The It movie from last year only covered the parts of the novel from when the characters were children.
Jessica Chastain was rumored to be in negotiations to play the adult version of Beverly Marsh, the redheaded female member of the movie’s “Losers Club, but it’s not yet been confirmed if she will actually be part of the cast.
King’s original novel for It was over 1,000 pages and included some pretty bizarre sections, including parts involving a magic turtle and the creation of the universe. While the first movie chose to exclude many of these more unusual elements (including a controversial sex scene), perhaps the sequel will find a way to incorporate them.
But if they don’t, that would probably be for the best.