Stephen King’s It was released on Friday and has floated right to the top of the box office with its blend of horror and dark humour.
If you’re not entirely certain what It is about then just imagine Stranger Things mixed with Freddie Krueger.
Except in It, the monster is a demonic clown who feeds on the fear of children, sounds scary right?
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Well, according to the film’s director Andrés Muschietti, things are about to get a whole lot scarier.
The actor who played Pennywise, the Dancing Clown, has been praised for his amazing turn as the villain, which some are saying blows Tim Curry’s iteration out of the water.
This film is set in 1989, where The Losers Club are but teenagers struggling with adolescence and all it brings.
In the sequel, it’ll be 2016 and the gang will be adults when they take on the titular clown.
Muschietti told MTV:
It won’t be a comedy.
If the second movie happens, I really want to recover the dialogue between the two timelines that the book had.
Despite how scary the first film is, there’s definitely room to ramp up the thrills and take it to the next level.
We could actually be seeing the film sooner than previously thought, after Mushcietti also dropped some more info to Variety.
We’ll probably have a script for the second part in January. Ideally, we would start prep in March. Part one is only about the kids.
Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids.
We also know the second film will still feature the kids who helped make the film so successful, therefore it’s reasonable to assume the film will feature some heavy flashbacks.
Muschietti told EW:
On the second movie, that dialogue between timelines will be more present.
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… They’re a very big part of the action.
But what of the situation in which the Losers Club will find themselves?
We know the majority of the group will have gotten as far away from Derry as humanly possible.
But Mike, played by Chosen Jacobs, voluntarily stays behind as a watchman in case Pennywise should ever return.
In the novel, King’s version of the character is a mild-mannered librarian who documents the goings on in the town, but in the film version, things won’t be quite so peachy.
Muschietti told EW:
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.
He’s not just the collector of knowledge of what Pennywise has been doing in Derry.
He’ll bear the role of trying to figure out how to defeat him. The only way he can do that is to take drugs and alter his mind.
Well, if you weren’t sold on the upcoming sequel, then these little bits of info will surely whet your appetite for another installment.