Part of what makes Stephen King’s It so unique – and so engrossing – is that the legendary auteur allows his Pennywise saga to unfold across two decidedly different eras: 1958 and 1985.
And though New Line toyed around with that timeline during the transition from book to screen – Andy Muschietti’s horror hit actually kicks off in 1988 – the 27-year time gap still applies, meaning It: Part 2 will likely begin in the year 2015, by which point the Losers Club will be fully-grown adults. And yes, that’s Part 2 and not Chapter Two or Chapter 2, as many have been using to refer to the sequel.
We know this thanks to a recent production listing for the pic, which confirmed that Warner Bros. has settled on the aforementioned subtitle. It’s hardly revealing, of course, but at least we now know what to call the film, as there’s been a bit of confusion up to this point.
Beyond that, information on the much anticipated movie has been scarce, but what we can tell you is that Part 2 will bring us closer to Pennywise’s cosmic origins. Often referred to as the Eater of Worlds, King’s shape-shifting demon has been stalking the sewers of Derry for eons, though Bill Skarsgård recently teased that the 2019 sequel will bring closure for the Losers, saying:
The first movie worked so well at what it is trying to do, I think, and ultimately that is the kids’ story, and you follow these kids and you sort of fall in love with these kids. And the second one will be the adult story. And I think the right way to do it is to make that movie actively different. … I think there might be worth exploring sort of the psychological aspects of horror, but also maybe the sort of cosmological existence of this being. What is he, and where does he come from?
Pitched as a dark, psychedelic trip into the demented mind of Pennywise, IT: Part 2 will be summoned into theaters on September 6th, 2019.