On Monday, New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers announced that the sequel to It will be released on September 6, 2019.
The first film in this series was released on September eighth of this year, and has already broken many box office records. It has already made $478M worldwide and has beaten out The Exorcist (unadjusted for inflation) as the top-grossing horror film of all time, according to Forbes.
Director Andy Muschietti will be returning to the sequel, and Gary Dauberman, one of the screenwriters for It, will be returning to work on the screenplay as well. No actors have been confirmed as of yet, although the child actors have talked about who they would want to play their adult selves in the sequel. If the sequel includes new “flashbacks,” they may return, but if the sequel chooses to focus only on the present day, we most likely won’t get to see the original Losers Club again.
It is, unsurprisingly, a tale straight from the prolific horror writer Stephen King. It tells the tale of a group of children—the “Losers Club”—who are all misfits in some way. Right on the cusp of adolescence, they grow close, and start to realize that things in their hometown of Derry, Maine, are awry. They become aware of a creature they refer to as It which preys on Derry’s more youthful residents in horrific ways. The Losers then band together to defeat It and swear to return should It ever reappear—and reappear It does.
About half of the 1986 book focuses on the Losers’ return to battle the beast once again, and presumably this is what the sequel will be about, with the “present day” updated to the 2000, 2010 era for the film instead of the present day being set in the eighties, as in the original book.
This isn’t the first time the tale of the creature, best known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, has made it to the screen, either. In 1990 a television miniseries starring Tim Curry hit the small screen. It ran for two lengthy episodes in November and was considered a big hit for the ABC network at that time. The miniseries still retains a loyal fanbase to this day, though the numbers for the brand new It film suggest that many are warming up to the new portrayal of the nightmarish clown.
Want to know what we thought of It? Why not check out our review.