IT cemented itself as a true horror classic as well as being crowned the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time – and it’s time for IT: Chapter 2.
The first film truly became a phenomenon and according to media reports, production on the second chapter is due to begin ‘next month’, ahead of the September 2019 release date.
We know IT: Chapter 2 will take place 27 years after the events in the first film, but there is yet to be an announcement regarding casting for the adults.
Movie Web reported the sequel will include flashbacks, so it’s being widely assumed Bill Skarsgard will return to the role of Pennywise.
Following the beginning of production in March, principal photography is expected to start on June 18 with stage work expected to take place at Pinewood Toronto Studios.
It’s being suggested filming could wrap sometime around October or November.
Producers will be hoping to replicate the success of the first film, which raked in an impression $700 million worldwide off an initial budget of $35 million. Big bucks. IT became the highest grossing horror movie of all time.
The first film, even with its success and being totally terrifying did have to cut some bits out.
News surfaced about the deleted scene and Skarsgard sure did tempt us with this description of what went down.
There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise].
The scene turned out really, really disturbing. And I’m not the clown. I look more like myself. It’s very disturbing, and a sort of a backstory for what It is, or where Pennywise came from.
That might be something worth exploring in the second one. The idea is the It entity was dormant for thousands and thousands of years.
The [flashback] hints on that.
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Bloody Disgusting ended up releasing the extract of the script – oh, and FYI ‘she’ is a devil-fearing mother in the 1600s.
The chilling script reads:
She’s shaking, doesn’t want to let go. Behind her, the Door OPENS. A Little Boy, 6, asks — BOY: Mama? ABIGAIL: NO! OUT! NOW! Frightened by his mother, the Boy runs.
Abigail turns back to Pennywise. Wherever he may be now in the room. The light somehow seems to spin faster now. She kisses her baby and sets it down. It BAWLS. ABIGAIL: I’m sorry, I’m so sorry…
She turns away from the baby. Faces those dying embers. We keep on her face as they seem to begin GLOWING BRIGHTER AS — OVER HER SHOULDER — OUT OF FOCUS — Pennywise crawls over to the Baby and starts to feast.
SHARP CRY FROM THE BABY CUT OFF as we hear a CRUNCH. Abigail continues to look into the BRIGHT ORANGE GLOW of not the flickering fire… but the DEADLIGHTS. Her expression changing. Fear. Denial. Grief. Acceptance. And then nothing. Just a glazed look.
The extract gave me goosebumps just reading it – you can really picture the whole scene but you can see why it was cut. The scene is really quite graphic.
Can’t wait for IT: Chapter 2!