Unlike most horror films which die a quick death after their first weekend, Andy Muschietti’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT” keeps smashing records. As of Wednesday, it has grossed $152 million domestically.
With such success, talk is already turning to “IT: Chapter Two,” the concluding half of the story in which the Losers Club return as adults to finally take down Pennywise once and for all. That project is roughly aiming to begin shooting early next year.
Before that though we’ll be getting the home video release of the first film at the end of the year and Muschietti confirms to Yahoo that a director’s cut of the film will be released at the same time as the standard theatrical edition.
He says the new cut will run fifteen minutes longer and mostly be more scenes fleshing out the Losers Club including an extended take on the pre-cliff jumping scene and a payoff to the Stan bar mitzvah setup which he explains:
“There’s a great scene, it’s a bit of a payoff of the Stanley Uris plot which is the bar mitzvah, where he delivers a speech against all expectations… it’s basically blaming all the adults of Derry [for the town’s history of deadly ‘accidents’ and child disappearances], and it has a great resolution. … Maybe it will be in the director’s cut!”
As for the sequel, he says he already has plenty of ideas in mind and still very much plans to feature the cast of kid actors introduced in the first film as the second movie will show the dialogue between timelines and the flashbacks will be integral.
“IT: Chapter Two” still does not have the official greenlight from New Line and Warners, even though writing and development of the film have already been underway for some time.