If you are into horror or the legendary scribe Stephen King, you watched IT with glee. The movie enjoyed an opening weekend of $123 million, earning more than $30,000 for each theater and doubling what critics expected. That’s incredible.
Even more so, the ending of the first adaption sets up a sequel brilliantly, which brings us to this post.
(NOTE: If you haven’t seen IT, the rest of this will allude to spoilers. So turn away. Thanks for visiting.)
As you know (for those who have chosen to stay with this post), The Losers learned a valuable life lesson — there is strength in numbers when facing a threatening foe.
We have all learned this movie provides a true glimpse into what could be IT: Chapter Two as The Losers take a shard of glass, make a “blood brother’s” oath, and vow to return to Derry in 27 years to put a stop to Pennywise the Dancing Clown for good.
In that sequel, we will see all losers 27 years later (and the cast has already been set) reunite to defeat IT and possibly whoop up on the town bully, Henry, who will no doubt have lived through that devastating fall and continue his douchebaggery ways almost three decades later. (It’s like Back to the Future with Biff, only creepy.)
This is happening, but something writer Gary Dauberman said during an interview with Slashfilm while on a press junket for The Nun has plenty of the Losers’ cheerleaders concerned.
The first It was so successful, does Chapter Two really go to the end of the book or has there been talk of making it take a little longer?
No, this is a complete story. The ending I think will satisfy the audience and maybe break their hearts a little bit.
The sequel will be full of flashbacks, per an interview with Entertainment Weekly with Barbara Muschetti, sister of director Andy Muschetti and production partner, so no one can really know if the heartbreak will be in the death of a loser or what happened to one between the leering gaze into the gutter and 27 years later.
“The hope is we’ll find the best way soon, because it’s also important for Andy to get flashbacks with the kids, who are growing very fast,” she says. “They are an important component in the next film.”
Andy Muschietti stresses that the kid elements in Chapter Two won’t just be brief throwbacks, but integral to the events that unfold for the adults. “They’re a very big part of the action,” he says.
So, we have a complete story, plenty of flashbacks, and a heartbreaking ending. Yeah, vintage King. Can’t wait. I bet that can cheer you up.