Here’s your warning, people — the next installment of It officially has a release date, and we are T minus two years until Pennywise the Dancing Clown returns to haunt our dreams (and movie screens). On Monday, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. announced the horror sequel will arrive in theaters on Sept. 6, 2019.
The first film hit theaters this fall and reinvigorated the box office after an uncharacteristically sluggish summer. In addition to breaking numerous records, it has grossed over $700 million worldwide, making it the top-grossing horror film of all time (sans adjusting for inflation).
So far, it has been revealed that screenwriter Gary Dauberman — who co-wrote the script for this year’s film alongside Cary Fukunaga and Chase Palmer — has signed on to write the sequel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Andy Muschietti is “waiting in the wings” to join the sequel too.
In the 2017 adaptation, the action revolved around a group of kids in 1989 dubbed the Loser’s Club: Mike, Stan, Eddie, Bill, Ben, Richie and Beverly. When the beast arrives in their small town of Derry in the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown, the kids must fight it off.
In the 2019 sequel, the action will reportedly resume with the Loser’s Club as adults because true to form, Pennywise returns every 27 years. Flashbacks to the past will tie the two films together.
“I always insisted that if there was a second part, there would be a dialogue between the two timelines — that it would be approached like the adult life of the losers, [but] there would be flashbacks that sort of illuminate events that are not told in the first one,” Muschietti told Collider in August.
No official casting decisions for the sequel have been announced, but there have been some unofficial casting suggestions made already.
During a press day for It in Los Angeles, the film’s young actors revealed who they would like seen cast as the adult versions of their characters. Chosen Jacobs (Mike) would like Chadwick Boseman, Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack) would like Jake Gyllenhaal, Jaeden Lieberher (Bill) would like Christian Bale, Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben) would like Chris Pratt, Finn Wolfhard (Richie) would like Bill Hader, Wyatt Oleff (Stan) would like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Sophia Lillis (Beverly) would like Jessica Chastain.
While it may seem far-fetched for all of these top-billing stars to fill the roles, at least one of It‘s child stars may wind up getting their wish.
When Variety commented to Muschietti on the similarities between Lillis and Chastain — who the director previously worked with on Mama — he didn’t exactly rule the possibility out, saying, “I don’t know, does she? [laughs] Jessi is an amazing actress and very good friend, and I would love her to play Beverly.”
You know what? We’re not mad at it. Make it happen, Muschietti!