After the blockbuster success of last year’s big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s It, director Andy Muschietti is set to return to helm the sequel, It: Chapter Two. This film will follow the Losers Club as adults as they encounter horrors once again.
During the Warner Bros. presentation at this year’s CinemaCon, Muschietti gave attendees some hints at what to expect from the highly-anticipated second chapter of King’s iconic story:
WB teased IT: Chapter 2 with the director promising that it will have a lot of the humor emotion and horror of the first movie, but set 27 years later we will rediscover the characters in a scarier and more intense situation. #CinemaCon
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 25, 2018
Academy Award-nominated actress Jessica Chastain is set to play the adult version of Beverly Marsh, with actors James McAvoy and Bill Hader currently in-talks to play the adult versions of Bill Denbrough and Richie Tozer respectively.
Recently, It producer Roy Lee revealed that the second chapter is set to begin production this July. Filming will take place in Toronto.
It: Chapter Two picks up 27 years after the events of the original story, though it also features flashbacks to before the Losers parted ways. The first movie also starred Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, Jaeden Lieberher as Bill Denbrough, Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben Hanscom, Finn Wolfhard as Richie Tozier, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie Kaspbrak, Chosen Jacobs as Mike Hanlon and Wyatt Oleff as Stanley Uris.
New Line Cinema’s It: Chapter Two floats into theaters on September 6, 2019. Stay tuned as more details on this project come out.
10 Stephen King Adaptations Hollywood Needs To Get Right
With The Dark Tower and It, two of King’s most famous and beloved works, reaching the big screen, it feels like the gates are opening on a new age of Stephen King adaptations
Already we’ve seen 1) a new Carrie movie, 2) Under the Dome and 11/22/63 get TV adaptations 3) Netflix’s upcoming Gerald’s Game, 4) a TV series based on the Mr. Mercedes trilogy, 5) Josh Boone looks to make Revival his follow-up to X-Men: The New Mutants, 5) a new version of Hearts in Atlantis is in the works (just called Hearts) and 6) a Cujo remake, with the amazing title of C.U.J.O. Even Cell got made, plus a personal favorite of mine The Mist is back in the form of a new Syfy series airing later this year (based on both the original novella and Frank Darabont’s superb 2007 film).
Our age of cinematic universes feels tailor-made for the world-renowned author. King is known not only for his productivity but for how his stories interlock together in the same universe (multiverse, if you want to get specific). His entire oeuvre is connected by characters, locations, and events, all centered around the literal and figurative Dark Tower, the structure and book series sit at the center of King’s worlds. Of course, no one entity owns the rights to all of King’s works, so we won’t be seeing, say, Pennywise the Dancing Clown say hi to Idris Elba’s gunslinger in a movie anytime soon, but it speaks to King’s continued relevance.
There are, of course, the adaptations that are sacrosanct and need to no update, plus others where we are simply waiting to see if they happen. Speaking of Darabont, he delivered a trilogy of amazing King adaptations in my opinion between The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist. Rob Reiner also mastered the artform, giving us Stand by Me and Misery. There’s already a perfectly-good The Dead Zone movie and TV show. The Tommyknockers and Desperation got the miniseries treatment in 1991 and 2006, respectively. The latter came with a teleplay by King himself, while the former was announced for a new miniseries back in 2013 along with Rosemary’s Baby, the failure of which may have something to do with the radio silence since the announcement. The Shining is actually not one, with King famously disliking the Stanley Kubrick film enough to make a miniseries of his own to “correct” the record (and a Shining prequel is first on our list).
While some works defy or seek re-adaptation, the breadth of the man’s work means there’s plenty of new stuff to mine in the coming years as well. Click Next to learn which to watch out for!
Honorable mentions: The Dark Half, Dolores Claiborne, Apt Pupil, Dreamcatcher