IT dominated the horror movie scene last year and left a whole new generation petrified of evil clown Pennywise.
But just when you thought it was safe to walk past open drains again, IT: Chapter 2 is on the way, with production beginning in Toronto this very summer. Eek.
And it looks like this next instalment will make the original supernatural adventure look as tame as The Care Bears Movie.
Addressing the audience at CinemaCon on 24 April, director Andy Muschietti promised fans an even scarier experience.
According to Comicbook, Muschietti made the following statement during the Warner Bros. presentation:
They’re gonna find a lot of things that resemble the first one, the humor, the emotion, the horror,
People are very invested emotionally in the characters of the story. At the end of the first one, there’s a promise of something else…It’s gonna be scarier.
It’s gonna be a more intense experience. So, bring your adult diapers to the theater.
Remind yourself why IT caused such a worldwide shudder below:
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Landing in Autumn 2019, It: Chapter 2 will pick up 27 years after we left the the Losers’ Club; with flashbacks to the 1980s.
The first instalment followed the protagonists as kids, whereas the upcoming film will follow them into adulthood.
But don’t expect to see Bill, Richie, Beverley et al living quiet lives in suburban Maine after the trauma of their childhoods.
The monster fighters will be facing the dancing clown once again as we return to the gruesome world of Stephen King’s notoriously horrifying 1986 novel.
the world better not end before I get to see IT chapter 2
— Bill Skrrtsgård? (@SkarsgardSpace) April 18, 2018
WB teased IT: Chapter 2 with the director promising that it will have a lot of the humor emotion and horror of the first movie, but set 27 years later we will rediscover the characters in a scarier and more intense situation. #CinemaCon
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 25, 2018
Andy Muschietti on IT: Chapter 2: “It’s going to be scarier and more intense, so bring your adult diapers.” Uh, noted. #CinemaCon
— JoBlo.com (@joblocom) April 25, 2018
Jessica Chastain has now been confirmed to play adult Beverly Marsh. Chastain has previously worked with Muschietti before, on seriously spooky ghost story movie Mama.
The only girl in the gang, we will see troubled Beverly deal with abuse once again, this time while trapped in an unhappy marriage. In the book, Beverly also has a career in fashion design.
Of course, the perfectly cast Bill Skarsgård will be painting his face once again for his role as malevolent shape-shifting entity, Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
James McAvoy and Bill Hader are in talks to join the cast of IT Chapter 2 McAvoy would play the adult version of Bill and Harder would play the adult version of Richie only confirmed casts is Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise and Jessica Chastain as the adult Beverly Marsh
— The Horror Life (@xHorrorNerdsx) April 21, 2018
the thought of bill hader, james mcavoy & jessica chastain all being in IT chapter 2 is what keeps me going
— chris evans in the losers (@mebweezy) April 18, 2018
Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy dan Bill Harder konfirm cast untuk IT Chapter 2? Yesss!!
Pleaseee cast Chris Pratt untuk peran Ben dewasa.
— Aditya Wisnu (@AdityaWisnu) April 15, 2018
According to The Hollywood Reporter, James McAvoy and Bill Hader are also in negotiations to join the cast.
If the deals go through, McAvoy will play leader Bill Denbrough; who has a successful career as an horror writer as an adult, much like King himself. His stutter will reportedly return as he is forced to face his childhood demon once again.
Hader would take over from Finn Wolfhard to play Richie Tozier. Loud mouthed and sometimes attention seeking as a kid, we will see grown up Richie work as a DJ.
Just saw Bill Hader’s in talks to play the adult version of Richie Tozier (one of my favorite characters ever) Chapter 2 of IT. Cannot contain my excitement.
— Sara Scott (@Badatbeingagirl) April 25, 2018
i’m so excited for it chapter 2 and it’s not even a year away
— ˗ˏˋjadeˎˊ˗ (@tozierville) April 25, 2018
So we could possibly have Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, and Colin Hanks as Bev, Bill, Richie, and Eddie in IT: Chapter 2.
— Kate (@BilliamSkars) April 19, 2018
Muschietti has previously spoken of his dark plans for Mike Hanlon’s story arch, which deviates somewhat from the original novel where Mike lives the quiet life of a librarian.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly in September 2017, Muschietti said:
My idea of Mike in the second movie is quite darker from the book,
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.
I'm not saying Jessica Chastain and James Mcavoy as Beverly and Bill in IT: Chapter 2 is perfect, but yeah it is pic.twitter.com/qDG6NyNQY1
— laura ✨ (@daisyrdley) April 14, 2018
X MEN DARK PHOENIX
IT CHAPTER 2 pic.twitter.com/YmgxxaeeI5
— ᴊᴀᴍᴇꜱ ᴍᴄᴀᴠᴏʏ ᴍɪᴄʜɪ™ (@gofckapineapple) April 13, 2018
Omg IT chapter 2 comes out next year
— Mason Nation ™ (@MasoNation757) April 22, 2018
The sequel will creep out of the sewers and into cinemas on September 6, 2019. Best not to order a large coke…
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications. When not Lad-ing about, she enjoys cooking, reading and trying not to fall over in Yoga.