Andres Muschietti has IT Part 2 lined up next, wants to shoot next year

The director of the new take on Stephen King’s IT wants to get going on Part II ASAP

We may be a couple of months away from Andrés Muschietti’s long-awaited movie version of IT but the hype around the R-rated Stephen King adaptation is already reaching its peak, with a new Comic-Con trailer (feel free to upload that any time, btw, Warner Bros), and Joe Hill claiming that it’s one of the five scariest movies ever made (via Blumhouse).

However, one of the big questions that is still: will the second film still be made? The first movie follows the Losers’ Club as kids but fans of the book will tell you that there’s still a whole second half to be adapted. The producers have continually stated that they plan of filming IT: Part Two if the first one is successful, and now Muschietti has said that it’s next on his list.

Speaking to Variety about the film, Muschietti said “We are doing that. We’ll probably have a script for the second part in January. Ideally, we would start prep in March. Part one is only about the kids. Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids.”

Naturally, this statement was followed-up at Comic-Con, and he told Cinema Blend that “I’m going to do part two before any other thing,” clarifiying that it would definitely be happening before Robotech, which he was recently attached to.

When Collider spoke to him, he added that “I’m not letting anyone [else] touch it. Everyone wants to make it and yeah, it seems like we’re going to do it. It’s the second half, it’s not a sequel. It’s the second half and it’s very connected to the first one. In my mind there will be that dialogue between the two timelines that we didn’t have in the first one because the first one is all about the kids.”

With the buzz around IT building, these encouraging signs definitely make sense, and it’s great to hear that Muschietti is committed to making the second half. It’s arguably the harder one to get right, and was certainly the weaker half of the miniseries. But if Bill Skarsgård’s Pennywise is as terrifying as promised, we could be in for a treat. Fingers crossed…

“New Line Cinema’s horror thriller IT, directed by Andrés Muschietti (Mama), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.

When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

IT stars Bill Skarsgård (Allegiant, TV’s Hemlock Grove) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip), Sophia Lillis (37), Finn Wolfhard (TV’s Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming Cops and Robbers), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales Of Halloween) and Nicholas Hamilton (Captain Fantastic).”

It will be released in cinemas on 8 September 2017. You can download Stephen King: The Complete Manual from GreatDigitalMags.com. For all the latest movie news, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.