Having Gary Dauberman (The Nun, Annabelle: Creation) once again on script duty, and Andy Muschietti back at the helm, IT: Chapter Two will undoubtedly have a shot at breaking the ten-figure barrier, especially when you consider that the film’s predecessor hauled in nearly three-quarters of a billion. Not to mention that Warner Bros. has also done a fantastic job when casting the Losers Club twenty-seven years on.
What with two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain set to star as the adult Beverly Marsh – initially portrayed by Sophia Lillis – and Golden Globe nominee James McAvoy depicting the adult Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher), among many others, IT: Chapter Two has a stellar line-up of talent in tow.
Scheduled for release on September 6, 2019, the pic began principal photography in Toronto last month and both of the aforementioned actors each took to their respective Instagram accounts to inform their fellow losers that production had gotten underway. Now, following suit, producer Barbara Muschietti – whose brother is none other than director Andy Muschietti – has posted a behind the scenes look at her sibling in action, wearing a jersey with Pennywise written on the nameplate and the number 2 on the back.
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Having grossed a baffling $700 million on a production budget of just $35 million, IT was one of the most profitable motion pictures of 2017 which, naturally, led to Warner Bros. fast-tracking Chapter Two. From what we understand, the hotly-anticipated sequel will pick up twenty-seven years after the first film left off, when the Losers Club return to the small town of Derry, Maine to defeat the evil clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) for good.
It’s not only the adult cast that we have to look forward to, either, as we’ve since learned that Muschietti and his team plan to bring back the original stars (see: Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis and Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard) for Chapter Two as well, all but confirming the use of flashbacks.
That’s not all that surprising; after all, Stephen King’s novel classic was celebrated for the ways in which it handled the 27-year interlude between one generation and the next, so it’s only fitting that Muschietti uses some of that material to flesh out IT: Chapter Two‘s narrative – including one of the book’s most gruesome scenes.