Some were worried that IT might bring an end to Pennywise’s ravenous rage and the sequel will focus on a different horror. That is not true as actor Bill Skarsgard has confirmed that he will return to play the clown. In a recent interview, he clarified that IT 2 will delve into Pennywise’s backstory and history.
The plans were to make IT a two-part experience. The end of the first movie reveals the title IT: Chapter One hinting that the next installment is officially titled IT: Chapter 2.
Stephen King’s novel is a thick tome and cannot be contained in just one movie. The next installment will focus on the Losers’ Club, and there will be flashbacks featuring the kids in 1989.
Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema have not officially announced the movie. But have confirmed that one of the original writers is returning. And that it will shoot in early 2018 for a 2019 release. The film made $51 million during the first day of release.
IT appears as a giant spider at the end of the 1990s miniseries. The adult version of the Losers’ Club will have a face off against Pennywise. Speaking with Metro UK, Bill Skarsgard said:
“I am attached to it but that’s all I can say, we’re in the early stages and I’m talking to Andy [Muschietti] about it and figuring out what It will be. It’s a different story but I’m excited to delve in deeper to the character as there’s more exploration for who Pennywise is.”
There is depth and a change in Pennywise from the first scene to the last [in the first film] and there’s a journey there, and I’m glad you said that and it resonated with you, that’s exactly what I want people to feel, ‘wait a minute what is this thing?’ And I think that’s what I wanted and that’s where I want to go for the second one, to delve into the psychological and metaphysical spaces of this transdimensional being. We have to raise the ante and not just do the same thing again so I’m looking forward to that process.”
Finn Wolfhard had confirmed that he would return as one of the Losers’ Club members and rumours say that Andy Muschietti will be back to direct.