SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains massive spoilers about Stephen King's novel, IT, as well as director Andres Muschietti's adaptation. If you have not read the book and/or haven't seen the movie, and don't wish to know details of the story, you may want to check out another one of our wonderful articles!
For years it was said that Stephen King's IT was an unfilmmable novel -- but director Andres Muschietti has proven that idea to be very wrong. While it's true that the entire story couldn't be crammed into just one movie, the filmmaker did an impressive job bringing to life half of the epic in his adaptation, and now audiences are hotly anticipating the follow-up, IT: Chapter 2. And that's the project that we're here today to discuss.
IT has managed to become one of the most successful horror movies of all time, and as such the sequel has quickly started moving through development. But when will it come out? Who is going to be at the helm? What can we expect from the main characters? We'll dive into all of that in more below and on the next few pages, so read on and learn What We Know So Far.
What Is IT: Chapter 2's Release Date?
The folks over at Warner Bros. have already carved out a number of release dates in the coming years for projects that have not yet been announced -- and at this stage we can only assume that one of those dates will eventually house IT: Chapter 2. This is because the studio has not yet officially announced when they plan to have the exciting horror sequel in theaters anywhere.
It's very likely that we will get to see the IT sequel on the big screen sooner rather than later, and not just because there exists the opportunity for Warner Bros. to continue making a hell of a lot of money from the franchise. The project comes packaged with a ticking clock of sorts, because there is a plan to include the child stars from the first movie, and those actors are on the verge of not being children anymore. That in mind, and being aware of the amazing success WB was able to conjure with a September release date, it wouldn't be super surprising if the blockbuster takes that September 27, 2019 weekend that the studio has already claimed.
What Will IT: Chapter 2 Be Rated?
Andres Muschietti's IT may feature child actors in almost all of the main roles, but the film is hardly made for movie-goers of the stars' age set. Unlike the 1990 miniseries that had to be somewhat censored due to network television restrictions, the movie fully leans into the profanity and violence that is featured in the original novel, and the MPAA delivered it an R rating as a result. And while we can't say with absolute certainty just yet what the final grade will be on IT: Chapter 2, there is less than a one percent chance that it's anything other than R.
The reality is that the MPAA doesn't deliver ratings until a theatrical cut is put together and near ready to go to theaters, so it will be a while before anything is made official. That being said, Andres Muschietti was very clear with his intentions to make his version of IT an R-rated adaptation, and there is no reason to believe that there will be a change of heart in that department when the sequel gets made (especially because the R-rating proved to not be an issue when box office figures were collected).
What Will IT: Chapter 2 Be About?
As alluded to earlier, IT was an adaptation of only half of Stephen King's original novel. The book's narrative actually takes place across two different time periods: the late 1950s, when the main characters are children; and the mid-1980s, when the main characters are 40-year-old adults. Obviously the first film exclusively focused on the kids (changing the setting to 1989), but IT: Chapter 2 will be centered around the adults and take place in the year 2016.
The story will pick up 27 years after the first movie (in case you couldn't do that math yourself), and will find The Losers Club forced to reunite in Derry, Maine when they learn that It has returned and started a new killing spree. With the exception of Mike, who stayed behind in the town while everyone else left, all of the Losers completely forget about what happened to them as kids, and find their memories start to return when they get back to the haunted burb.
It should be noted that while IT took on a completely linear narrative, that will not be the case for IT: Chapter 2. As noted earlier, it has been confirmed that the young stars of the first movie -- Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Jack Dylan Glazer -- will all be back for the sequel, and will be featured in flashback sequences that reveal more about the nature of It and how the evil entity can be defeated.