Do you hear that? It’s not the sound of red balloons popping but champagnes corking. “IT” has been killing it at the box office across the world, including Malaysia.
Although production for the sequel hasn’t started yet, it has been announced that “IT 2” will delve further into Pennywise’s backstory and history. Actor Bill Skarsgard has confirmed that he’ll be reprising his role as the dancing clown while director Andy Muschietti promised we’ll be seeing the kids from The Loser’s Club again.
Based on Stephen King’s legendary novel of the same name, the plan was to split the 1,000-plus page novel into 2 parts. While “IT: Chapter One” tells the story of the Losers’ Club when they were kids, between 1988 and 1989, “IT: Chapter 2” will focus on the adult Losers in the present day.
“The thing I want to bring in the next film that I couldn’t do here is the dialogue between the 2 timelines. That was so important in the book and we didn’t get to explore that here, but I wanted to keep the story of the kids as pure and without interference as I could. The dialogue between those 2 timelines with all those flashbacks is so important to the book that I want to bring that back. We are going back to the summer of 1989 and if people love these characters and actors the way I do, it’s going to be a blast to go back to 1989 in the 2nd one. I don’t want to go back just for that, I want to make those flashbacks essential in the plot where in order for the Losers to figure out the clues to defeat Pennywise, they have to retrieve their memories from the past,” said Muschietti.
Pennywise may have taken a severe beating at the end of the movie, but the demon is far from dead. Those who stayed back for the post-credits scene were treated to a disembodied giggle from the dancing clown himself. In speaking with Metro UK, Skarsgard explained that the sequel will explore Pennywise’s origins.
“It’s a different story but I’m excited to delve in deeper to the character as there’s more exploration for who Pennywise is. There is depth and a change in Pennywise from the first scene to the last (in the first film) and there’s a journey there, and I’m glad you said that and it resonated with you, that’s exactly what I want people to feel, ‘wait a minute what is this thing?’” the 27-year-old star shared.
He continued, “And I think that’s what I wanted and that’s where I want to go for the 2nd one, to delve into the psychological and metaphysical spaces of this transdimensional being. We have to raise the ante and not just do the same thing again so I’m looking forward to that process.”
“IT” is currently playing in cinemas.